Competitive eaters vie for the Golden Pierogi trophy in Auburn

Brian Hooper brought his lucky fork to help him eat 35 pierogies and win the men’s division of the Ukrainian National Club’s eighth-annual pierogi eating contest Saturday afternoon.

Hooper powered down the potato-and-onion-filled dumplings in just eight minutes to best Trevor Harmon, a five-time winner of the contest. Harmon ate 22 pierogis at the event that raised $6,713 for the Calvary Food Pantry.

Donna Wilmot won the contest’s women’s division and Steve “The Moose” Kymta, won the senior division.

The UNC’s eating contest is a club community service project and has grown every year, said Scott Dalrymple, one of the event’s organizers. The first year it raised $1,500, he said.

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