David Coondog OKarma offers a few tips for those thinking about taking part in the eating-contest portion of todays Muffin Day celebration. Rule no. 1: Dont try to wolf down a muffin in one mouthful. Small bites, swallow, small bites, swallow, he says. Get a rhythm and dont stop.
He should know. The competitive eater from Cuyahoga Falls has snagged trophies in dozens of contests since the early 70s. From hard-boiled eggs and sweet potatoes to Krispy Kreme doughnuts and bull testicles, theres no food group OKarma (who hosts todays bash in Akron) hasnt crammed into his mouth. Hes even gone up against Takeru Kobayashi, the guy who wolfed down 50 hot dogs in one sitting. It was like watching an alien creature from another planet, says OKarma. A very weird, dreamlike experience.
In addition to the eating challenge, todays fest also features a muffin bake-off, a muffin toss, and a photo booth, where visitors can pose next to a ginormous -- yep -- muffin. Therell also be performances by champion jump-rope and dance-step teams. Plus, OKarma will stick around to sign autographs. Its not like he needs to go home and get ready for the U.S. Hamburger Eating Championship later this month, where hell defend his title. I really dont prepare, he says. For me, its just a natural gift from the gods.
Tue., July 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.