This morning, competitive eaters assembled in New York's Times Square for the Thanksgiving Turkey Eating World Championship, sponsored by Wild Turkey 81. The eaters were greeted with whole 10-pound turkeys, and were challenged to eat as much as possible in 10 minutes. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas was declared victorious; she ate 5.25 pounds of turkey and took home the $1,581 prize. The Black Widow is a force to reckoned with -- at only 100 pounds, she routinely smothers her much larger male competitors. Eric "Badlands" Booker received $750 for second place, followed by Allen "Shredder" Goldstein in third ($500) and Maria "Edible" in fourth ($250).
In conjunction with the event, Wild Turkey made charitable donation of 81 turkeys to a New York metro food bank to help families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, Major League Eating, the umbrella organization that plans competitive eating events, will make a contribution to the Food Bank for New York City.
Check out the event video and photos below: