Contestant Maggie Mae O'Daniel said she felt very refreshed after her first-heat defeat. Although she said this was not her best moment in competition, there were obstacles to her original strategy.
“I was just going to swallow big chunks,” O'Daniel said. “But then I started choking, so then I took it slowly and I lost.”
Crump experienced a different set of difficulties during the competition.
“It was a much-curved watermelon,” Crump said. “I had to break it into pieces to try and get the rest of the pulp.”
DSI Comedy, a local company of comedians, hosted the event for the fifth year in a row. Kit FitzSimons, who has been one of the emcees every year that DSI has hosted the event, said most participants have trouble eating the watermelon.
“We’ve had people try to sneak stuff by us,” FitzSimons said. “They have tried to scrape off some watermelon with their teeth, but then not close their mouth again and so it just falls down across their laps.”
But Crump didn't resort to tricks — just a simple winning strategy.
“Just eat watermelon,” Crump said. “Try and keep yourself upright so it’s easier to swallow and little bites and swallow it as quick as possible.”
FitzSimons said it's important to be careful during the watermelon eating contest.
“Don’t put yourself in danger of going home with a stomach ache,” FitzSimons said. “Eat as much watermelon as you want and just have fun with it.”
Crump said he's thankful to his two kids who volunteered him for the contest.
“It’s down to them that I won,” Crump said.