Stomach power put to the test

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – Sierra VerHagen, 14, of Holley pauses to take a breath during Friday’s pie-eating contest at the Orleans County 4-H Fair. Sierra gobbled up most of a cherry pie.

Brown’s Berry Patch in Waterport donates the pies for the annual exploit of eating.

Elijah Van Epps, 15, of Albion has been competing in the contest for the past 10 years. He said he always gets a peach pie and would welcome a change next year. He is part of the Moyer family that has been a mainstay in the pie-eating contest for about four decades.

Andrew Moore, 14, of Albion comes up for air before plunging into the pie.