Reporter Amy Formosa tries her hand at eating jelly with chopsticks during the Q150 Children's Springtime Festival at the Heritage Village yesterday.
Reporter Amy Formosa tries her hand at eating jelly with chopsticks during the Q150 Children's Springtime Festival at the Heritage Village yesterday. Megan Lewis

Who can eat the most jelly?

I HELD the chopsticks tightly in one hand waiting nervously for the cue to go.

With a crowd watching our every move, my two young competitors and I began to slurp down the slippery jelly in a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the most jelly eaten in one minute with chopsticks.

I was one of 142 competitors in the jelly-eating competition at the Q150 Children's Springtime Festival in Rockhampton yesterday.

And it was much harder than it looked as the jelly broke up and became tricky to hold with the sticks.

I managed to gulp down 66grams, while my two co-contestants, Tenisha Squires, 9, slurped down 26g and Deacon Hunt, 7, finished swallowing an impressive 116g.

Although the world record of 455g wasn't broken, competitor Sonny Weber got the closest at 354g.

Eager jelly-eating brothers Steven and Ryan Kyriazis, who competed before us, managed to slurp down 65g between them, and admitted they practiced using chopsticks with a meal of Chinese.

“They were much harder to use eating jelly,” Steven said.

The brothers even gave me a few pointers before my gig.

“Don't chew, just swallow, keep your head close to the jelly and put the chopsticks together like you're using a spoon,” Steven said.

The entertaining Q150 Children's Springtime Festival at the Heritage Village attracted hundreds of families yesterday, with everything from cattledog displays, animal feeding to music, dance, princess pampering, circus acts and fire-engine rides.



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