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On your marks, get set, PRETZEL! Competitors scoff salty snacks at Rhode Island contest

A pretzel-eating contest drew enthusiastic crowds to a local bar in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, as part of an annual festival in the city. The contest, which had 12 participants including 10 ranked competitive eaters. Competitors were challenged to eat as many pretzels as they could within just eight minutes for a top prize of $2,000 (€1,763). Contest winner Geoffrey Esper, who managed to wolf down 26, said this was his second contest in two days, but he was not prepared to eat that much: "I really didn't prepare for this contest. I didn't have any of these pretzels to practice with. I actually had a contest yesterday in Austin. So I flew back, and woke up late and came right down."
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