TAMPA, Fla. Magnify CU announced this afternoon that Joey Chestnut, the number-one ranked eater in the world, will compete in the first Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream-Eating Championship in nearby Lakeland on Saturday, April 6.
The six-minute competition, sanctioned by Major League Eating, will take place at Joker Merchant Stadium, spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, with the winner taking home a $2,000 cash prize and the title of World Ice Cream-Eating Champion.
The second-place through sixth-place finishers will win $1,000, $600, $400, $200 and $100, respectively.
“The Florida Ice Cream Festival is an event that brings us back to the days when an entire community celebrated together for one day every year,” said John Santarpia, president of the $80 million credit union. “It is with great pride that we present this fun and entertaining contest.”
This event will be part of the first-ever Florida Ice Cream Festival, which is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees from around the State. The festival will also benefit local charities including the Magnify Life Foundation and The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida.
The Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship also features the return of ice cream to the Major League Eating calendar, and it promises to be one of the most challenging competitions of the season. Success in this event will require superior jaw strength and capacity, as well as the ability to mentally push through the inevitable bouts of brain freeze that will occur during the contest.
“Joey Chestnut holds eating records in everything from hot dogs to cheese steaks—but he has chased an ice cream-eating record his entire career,” said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. “This contest is an opportunity for Joey to change all that if brain freeze can be held at bay.”