Competitors chow down in the individual competition at Baba Louie's annual Pizza Eating Competition. See more photos, and Third Thursday images, here.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five dollars for all the pizza you can eat and the proceeds go to charity? What could be better than that?
Well, it comes with a catch — you've got 12 minutes to eat it. Baba Louie's in Pittsfield hosted its 4th annual Pizza Eating Competition to benefit Moments House of Pittsfield — a charity supporting cancer patients and survivors as well as their families.
There were two main events — the first was the average everyday people who popped in from Third Thursday on North Street to chow down — and the second? The Pittsfield Fire Department welcomed new challengers, The Haddad Motors group. Scott O'Connell, the sales manager for Haddad's, came in to challenge confident boasting, "We're going to eat slices like we sell cars!"
As Nick Zarvis of Baba Louie's presided over the event with the assistance of DJ's from Live 95.9, the rules were set and the competitors readied themselves to chow down on the "Mean Margherita" pizza.
After a grueling 12 minutes of gorging on pizza, the competitors finally had a moment to catch their breath. The winner of the first event was William "Big Bill" Pikula of Camp Wagalot who ate a whopping 18 slices. Second place was Peydon Twing of the band Goblet (who competed with fellow band mate Nick Sacco) who had gone to Third Thursday to promote their next show and decided at last minute to join the contest.
The whole table made a special note to celebrate the youngest competitor, Musa Thompson, who at 7 1/2 years old (and he stressed the half) who ate an entire pizza. "Big Bill" who was so impressed with the youngster's appetite that he gave away the gift certificate he won as a prize to Musa.
The Pittsfield Fire Department and Haddad's were up next for another grueling battle — which was momentarily paused as the teams literally ate every slice of pizza available before the 12-minute mark was up. Once a new batch of pizza pies made their way from the kitchen, the contest resumed and came to a finish — with the Fire Department claiming victory by a mere five slices of pizza. The final score was 113 slices to 108.
The firefighters claimed their trophy and bragging rights and are already looking forward to next year's contest. Well, after they finish digesting from this year's event!
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