Leighton Norman in the ice-cream eating competition at the Big Dam Day Out in Mt Morgan.
Leighton Norman in the ice-cream eating competition at the Big Dam Day Out in Mt Morgan. Allan Reinikka

Competitors eat up at Mt Morgan

FOR a kid who doesn't eat a lot of ice-cream, nine-year-old Jack Watson surely proved himself yesterday at the Mount Morgan Big Dam Day Out.

Winning himself first prize for gulping down a whole plate of vanilla ice-cream in under two minutes was a feat he was most proud of.

“I only get to eat ice-cream after dinner, it's my favourite dessert,” Jack said.

For his first-time competing in the ice-cream challenge against about 15 other children, Jack didn't think he'd win, but he was pretty happy about it.

“I'm going to spend my $30 of prizemoney on toys,” he said.

As for those adults who wanted to challenge their appetite, the pie eating competition was definitely not for the faint-hearted. And out of six competitors, it ended in a tie.

Wolfing down a whole seven pies each – and a half for good measure – were winners David Hixon and Clinton Taylor.

They split the $100 first prize and fell just short of the record eight pies set last year.

They both agree on the real strategy to a pie-eating contest: there is none.

“I just went in thinking I've got to just smash them all down,” Clinton said.

David said he was just really in it for those famous Mt Morgan pies. “I love them – I reckon they're the best pie around.”

With a fishing competition and a tug of war also on the day, it was a relaxing wind-down to what was a fun-filled five-day festival for Mount Morgan.



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