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July 13, 2017

Fair pizza-eating champ executes flawless strategy

Photos/Don Del Rosso
Hunter Carson of Catlett (right) eats five slices to win the 13- to 15-year-old category.
Adult winner Tiffany Pompell of Remington enjoys “friendly competition.”
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Staff Journalist
Entering Wednesday night’s contest, the Fauquier County Fair pizza-eating champ had a simple strategy.

Avoid food the day of the competition, explains Tiffany Pompell, who captured the age 16 and above title by polishing off five slices of Domino’s peperoni pizza in five minutes.

“I skipped breakfast and lunch,” says Mrs. Pompell, 40.

The Fair Oaks Hospital nurse also rolls slices — “starting from the crust” — because “there are a lesser number of bites you have to swallow.”

Four others participated in the adult category.

The four-day county fair opened at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 6209 Old Auburn Road, east of Warrenton.

Under the rules, contestants have five minutes to eat as many slices as possible.

The “entire slice must be swallowed to be added in the count,” state the rules.

“If they upchuck, they’re disqualified,” says Fair Events Coordinator Missy Landis, who oversaw the free activity.

Mrs. Pompell entered last year’s pizza contest for the first time but came up short.

On Wednesday night, “when I got to my fourth (slice) I thought, ‘Woo, I got this,’ because that was my personal best.”

For the past two years, Mrs. Pompell has won the pie-eating title and will enter Friday night’s contest, hoping for a three-peat.

“I come here to have fun with my kids and family,” she says of the annual fair. “We do a lot of competitions. That’s what brings the community together — friendly competition.”

Nineteen competed in the three other pizza-eating categories:

• Amanda Lawrence of New Baltimore, 7, won the ages 6 to 8 category, finishing three slices.

• Caroline Lawrence, 12 (Amada’s sister) won the ages 9 to 12 category, eating four slices.

• Hunter Carson, 14, Catlett, won the ages 13 to 15 category, devouring five slices.

First-place winners received a trophy; all participants got ribbons.
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Rover 530 · July 15, 2017 at 8:37 pm
Only ate five slices of pizza? Most likely because the pizza came from Dominos. I would have problems eating one slice of Dominos pizza. Ewwww!
BJ · July 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm
I see they have a plan for someone upchucking, but do they have someone on hand to do the Abdominal Thrust in case someone chokes?
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