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YOU WHAT? HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO HAVE AN EATING CONTEST? Lindsey: I felt that the improvements that were being made to the alley would go relatively unnoticed unless we did something that called attention to it. Ottumwa hadn’t had a big, attention-grabbing event since RAGBRAI, so I thought it was time for us to plan some- thing that would highlight the amazing renovations. Since we already had a record, I thought that maybe some local people would be interested in competing in a speed-eating challenge. I got on the phone with Melissa Little, the former director of the Greater Ottum- wa Convention and Visitors Bureau, and asked for help. She took the idea and contacted Major League Eating and they were thrilled about the idea. We agreed to bring this as an event to Ottumwa and a committee was formed. All of the credit goes to the amazing group of volunteers that put this together. We hope that next year will be even bigger and better. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE EATING CONTEST? Lindsey: My favorite part of the eating contest was bringing something new and fresh to the community and hearing the buzz about it before and after. Ottumwa shines when we invite people to come see us, and I wanted to give them an opportunity to show off all the great things that are happening here. Scott: Watching the competitors eat that much. Competitors, left, cram as many canteens into their mouths as they can during June’s 10-minute Canteen Eating Contest. A massive crowd packed Central Park to see the first officially sanctioned Canteen eating contest. The contest celebrated both the Ottumwa icon and the renovations to the Canteen Alley. Courier file photos Your One Stop Insurance Destination WE STAND BEHIND What you’re standing on. • Carpet • Counter Tops • Window Treatments • Vinyl • Kitchens • Fireplaces Home & Auto Insurance • Motorcycle Insurance Boat & RV Insurance • Life & Health Insurance Business Insurance • Age 65+ Products 545 N. Weller • Ottumwa, IA • (641) 683-4084 119 N WASHINGTON ST. OTTUMWA 641-682-8027