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For seventy years, thousands of visitors have descended upon Fort Fairfield in mid-July to enjoy the Maine Potato Blossom Festival and the nearly 100 family-friendly events the Festival has to offer.  Now those crowds will be invited to leave some room in their stomachs and their schedule and take part in a unique challenge of intestinal fortitude - the Maine Potato Blossom Festival International Tater Tot Eating Competition held this year on Saturday July 15th!

                 The rules for the event are fairly simple.  Competitors in each of the Men’s and Women’s divisions will be given a plate full of tots that contain between 100 and 110 tots (the portion will weight exactly two pounds before cooking) and five minutes to eat them.  The person who finishes with the fastest time will take home bragging rights, a medla a gift card to Boondock’s Grille.  Youth, ages 12 to 17 with parental consent, will compete to eat a pound of tots (roughly 50 to 55) and the top finishers will be rewarded with Walmart gift cards.  Competitors will be required to keep what they ate on the inside for a minimum of five minutes after they finish or they will be disqualified.

                 The International Tater Tot Eating Competition is being sponsored by McCain Foods USA, Boondocks Grille and the Maine Agri-Women and will take place after the Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday July 15th at 3pm in the Food Court on Main Street.  Competitors are strongly encouraged to register in advance as space is limited to 30 participants in each division.  Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis and registrations will not be complete until the competition waiver and registration form are filled out and the $5 entry fee is paid.  Forms  can be picked up at Boondock’s Grille or click on the following links to download:

International Tater Tot Eating Competition Rules


International Tater Tot Eating Competition Registration Form

International Tater Tot Eating Competition Waiver

                The International Tater Tot Eating Competition is just one of nearly 100 events scheduled for the 70th Annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival, which runs from July 8th through July 16th.  Other highlights include four nights of music on the Festival Main Stage featuring a line-up of top local and regional acts, mashed potato wrestling and potato picking contests, pageants, athletic contests, food and craft vendors and much, much more!  For a full schedule of events, please click here

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