Riley Denham discovers eating jelly with chopsticks is one of life's most difficult tasks. If you can do it you might be in with a shot for the world record.
Riley Denham discovers eating jelly with chopsticks is one of life's most difficult tasks. If you can do it you might be in with a shot for the world record. Chris Ison

Hurry with jelly record, chop chop!

IF little Riley Denham proved anything Thursday it's that breaking the world record for eating jelly with chopsticks will be slightly more difficult than herding cats, or platting fog.

It's so darn slippery.

It didn't help that Riley, a five-year-old from Glenmore, is not a jelly fan. He'd rather tuck in to pikelets, or pasta, or chocolate frogs.

And while he was happy to pose with a plateful of bright-blue bubble-gum flavour, chopsticks in hand, he wasn't keen on eating it. Not that he succeeded in getting any of it within touching distance of his lips.

But if Riley won't be getting his name in the Guinness Book of Records, Lizette Dobson is hoping that someone from the region will be hailed a world-beater on September 27.

That's the day when young and old will be invited to Rockhampton Heritage Village to attempt to down a 500 gram plate of jelly in a minute or less.

Chopsticks are obligatory.

The attempt will be one of the highlights at the Children's Springtime Festival at the village, when kids will be able to try 40 old-time activities for free. There'll be marbles, hopscotch, biscuit icing, billy goat rides, Aboriginal art and dozens of other activities and pastimes that don't involve computers or electricity.

Lizette, the village's administrator, said she thought the jelly-eating would be a crowd-puller.

“We will have 140 plates of it - all flavours, all colours - and we'll supply the chopsticks.

“All you have to do is turn up and have a go, and who knows, you could be a world champion.”

To get into the famous book you'll have to beat the record set in October 2007 by American Astrita Forman who gulped-down 455 grams in a minute.

Entry to the festival is by gold coin.

The world record attempts will run from 10am to 1pm.



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