Richard Crump slogged through watermelon guts to find glory as the winner of this year's DSI Watermelon Eating Contest, held in Kenan Memorial Stadium as a part of the The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration.
Crump, a 46-year-old Chapel Hill resident, won two tickets to a UNC football game and certificate of appreciation.
The competition consisted of three heats held outside of Kenan Memorial Staidum, with a final round held on the field. In the preliminary rounds, contestants had to eat
Crump said that since he qualified in the first heat for the final round, he a little bit of an advantage.
“I had more time for (the watermelon) to digest,” Crump said. “But I still feel really bloated and really sticky.”
Contestant Maggie Mae O'Daniel said she felt very refreshed
“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