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Jalapeno Champ Defends His Title

While a crowd of 25 cheered them on, Jodie Harr, this years announcer explained the changes in the contest. Each person was timed one at a time and cards were drawn to determine the order, with Sabourin going last as the returning winner. Vonnie Liddle, town activities director, acted as independent judge while Nancy Harding, co-owner, timed each contestant and supplied the jalapenos. Ron Comstock of Central Bridge went first and downed seven juicy jalapenos. Later Comstock said after the first one, he didnt feel the heat anymore. Jamie Mitchell of Indian Lake was second and devoured 10 jalapenos. Steven Gadway of Indian Lake swallowed nine, downing the last as his time ran out. Richelle Greenhalgh of Latham ate five amidst flashing cameras before the bell rang. With the pressure on, the defending champion from Indian Lake had to beat Mitchells count of 10. As the last 10 seconds were counting down, Sabourin swallowed number 11 and went on to chew number 12. During the final few seconds, the cheering crowd drowned out the final bell, but time was up and 11 jalapenos were counted since the 12th one was not yet swallowed. But 11 was enough and Sabourin was declared the winner. Later his wife said Sabourin wore his old lucky shirt, the same one he wore to last years contest. Sabourin won a trophy and two free dinners as the champion while Mitchell won one free dinner for second place. For more pictures of the contest go to www.chilinights.com.

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