NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A competitive eater took the "oyster-eating belt" back to Virginia after slurping down 41 dozen of Louisiana's favorite bivalves.
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, a Korean-born American competitive eater from Alexandria, Virginia, won the Acme Oyster Eating Contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival on Sunday. She swallowed 41 dozen Louisiana oysters – that's 492 oysters – in eight minutes.
She dominated the field, beating the competition by at least 5 dozen oysters. New Orleans' own Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan tied for second with 36 dozen oysters. He shares second place with Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco from Tucson, Arizona.
Cory "King Voodoo" Fanguy finished third with 26 dozen oysters.
The oyster eating contest was not the only notable competition during the weekend's festivities.
The P&J Oyster Shucking Competition also drew a large crowd. Bayley Mowatt took home the top prize by shucking 18 Louisiana oysters in two minutes. Mowatt represents the Joile Pearl Restaurant in Baton Rouge.
The largest oyster this year was submitted by Terry's Oyster of Port Sulphur. It measured 8.625 inches length by 4.5 inches width and 2.27 inches high.
The Sixth Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival celebrated that local delicacy – the oyster – this past weekend at Woldenberg Riverfront Park at the Mississippi River. More than 20 restaurants showed off their versatility of our region's favorite bivalve at the Festival.