Competitors chow down during annual chicken-wing eating contest at Wichita Riverfest

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Competitive eating made its way to Wichita’s Riverfest.

The annual chicken-wing eating contest was held Sunday night.

A dozen people, some first timers and others wily veterans, squared off to see who could tackle the most wings in a five minute period.

The first round saw Brandon Anukam and Steve Larson finish up 19 wings a piece.

That left the crowd chanting for another round to settle the score.

Anukam and Larson both eat nine wings in a two minute span, splitting the title as champions of the event.

Anukam, a first time participant, went into the competition with an open mind.

“I had no strategy, all I did was just eat and swallow, eat and swallow, so I just had to get the wing down,” said Anukam.

As for Larson, he said he had competed in this event five or six times previously.

“Wings are a lot of technique because it is meat on a bone, so you kind of have to know how you are going to take that meat off that bone as fast as possible and be able to get it down, so, it’s not one of my strengths, I’m much bigger on other types of foods,” said Larson.

Other eating contests on tap for the rest of Riverfest.

On Wednesday, the ice cream sandwich eating contest will take place, as a part of the ice cream social at 6 p.m.

That will take place at Douglas and Water.  The challengers, who’ve already been chosen, will be competing to win $2,000 that will go to their charity of choice.

The annual funnel cake eating contest will take place on the last day of Riverfest, June 9th at 3 p.m.

Competitors will have 10 minutes to eat as many funnel cakes as possible on the food court stage.

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