World Champion Eater Takeru Kobayashi (who holds Guinness Records for eating hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta) will be on hand to coach local fire fighters and civilians in two clam-eating contests on Sunday Aug. 17 at Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park.
Fire houses from Island Park, Long Beach, Lakeview, Baldwin, Point. Lookout, and East Rockaway will be sending some of their hungriest firefighters to compete for a $2,500 grand prize. Second place is $1,000; third place is $500. All winnings will be donated to the winners’ firehouses.
The public is also invited to compete. Competitors will pay a $20 entry fee (to be donated to the winning firehouse) and have a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000, $500 (second place) or $250 (third).
The contest’s organizers claim that the current world record for clam eating was set at Peter’s in 2010 when Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas consumed 26 dozen (312) cherrystone clams in six minutes. (The Guinness World Records is silent on clams; the oyster record is held by Colin Shirlow: 233 in three minutes in Northern Ireland in 2005.)
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will also be at Peter's to coach the competitors — though his clam-eating prowess is not known.
Clam eating gets under way at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Peter’s Clam Bar, 600 Long Beach Rd., Island Park, 516-432-0505, petersclamhouse.com.