Thomas, a 109-pound eating machine, has won the wing crown in Buffalo three years running. Last year her first place effort saw her devour 169 wings, or 3.38 pounds of meat, in 12 minutes.
Chestnut, whose competitive eating resume has led to his No. 1 ranking, holds the "world record" for chicken wings eaten in 30 minutes - 241 - but he hasn't been a Wing Festival contestant in recent years.
The eating professionals will square off Sunday, Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m. It's one of the highlights of the ninth edition of the event.
Chestnut will also take on challengers in two wing eating throwdowns Saturday. From the press release:
On Saturday, September 4th, (Chestnut) will take on a team of five challengers in a 7-minute eating contest. Those wanting to take on this world-class eater can sign-up from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Pepto-Bismol booth between noon and 2:30 p.m. Five entrants will then be chosen at random to compete.
In addition to this contest, Joey Chestnut will also take-on five local media sports celebrities. Based on total wing consumption, a team that defeats him will walk away with bragging rights to the “Pepto Cup” trophy, along with $100 cash and a year’s supply of Pepto-Bismol for each member. Fans of Chestnut can also meet him at the Pepto-Bismol booth, where he will talk about his competitive eating techniques.
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