This past weekend we planned a family fun “fair” for one of our corporate clients. We had pony rides, funnel cakes, bounce houses and more. What better way to finish the event than with a good ol’ fashioned pie eating contest!
We did a lot of research and could not find all pie eating contest information in one place. There is a lot more that goes into these contests than you’d think.
Lets start with the supplies for a pie eating contest:
- The pies – Get a smaller pie for the kids, a larger pie for the adults. A pie that does not need to be refrigerated is best because it’s hard to find storage for a large sum of pies.
- Disposable bibs – It can be very messy and you need to protect the clothing of your contestants
- Registration forms – You will need a list of everyone who signs up. Depending on the event, it’s usually first come first serve.
- Waivers – You do not want to be liable for choking, or other potential injuries during the contest.
- List of rules – the rules we applied are listed below.
- Water bottles or cups of water – the contestants need something to drink after the buzzer rings.
- Disposable table cloths – this makes for easy clean up once pie is all over the table.
- Baby wipes and paper towels – something for the contestants to wipe their hands and faces off on after the competition.
- Garbage bags – you need somewhere to throw away the garbage. It can be a lot of garbage one you add up all the pans and leftover pie.
- A buzzer! The best way to signify the competition is over.
- Pony tail holders – for the women who don’t have one on hand. You don’t want hair in the pie!
- List of the ingredients in the pies – in case the contestants have any allergies.
- Ribbons and/or prizes – for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
What pies should you order? We wanted to give an option so the contestants could eat a pie they enjoy. Their choices were cherry pie or blueberry pie. Both have a great color, which makes the messy faces funnier. Also, they have similar textures so there was no discussion that one pie was easier to eat than another. We had requests for apple pie, but apple pie is not good because the apples are too large and could cause choking if they’re not properly chewed.
How to do “first come first serve” with pie flavors:
We had 25 adults contestants, and 25 kid contestant spots available. We only had 25 cherry and 25 blueberry pies. So, it was first come first serve if you wanted ti choose your flavor. We made little pie cards that we handed out, and when one flavor was gone, the rest of the contestants got that opposite flavor. Though, cherry and blueberry pies were pretty evenly chosen. When the competition started, the contestants exchanged their pie flavor card in with a pie of that flavor.
Rules/Requirements of the Contest:
- Please arrive 10 minutes before start time
- First person to finish their pie OR the most pie eaten in 60 seconds (whichever comes first)
- Children must be 12 years or younger to participate in the child competition. 13 years and older are considered an adult.
- Hands must be held behind back
- In the event of a tie, whomever’s plate and face is cleaner will win
- If your hands touch the pie you will be disqualified
- If more than ¼ of the pie ends up on the floor you will be disqualified
- Vomiting during the competition will lead to disqualification
- If you begin eating before the buzzer you will be disqualified
- You are only allowed to drink your water upon completion of the pie. If you drink before you are finished, you will be disqualified
This is a very important part of the contest. Though we had no problems with ours, it’s better safe than sorry! This is what our liability waiver form stated:
This is plain and simple. We had one adult pie eating contest form, and one kids pie eating contest form. We had the contestants write their name, and sign that they read the rules and waiver. For the kids, we had the parents sign the waiver line for them.
Time To Start!
Once it’s time to start the competition, make sure every contestant is ready with their bibs on, and hands behind their backs. Have an announcer read through all the rules, so both the contestants and audience can hear. It’s also nice to introduce the brave contestants one by one to the audience. Make sure there is some music in the background so there is a higher level of energy in the room. We had our contest on a stage, which worked great because everyone in the audience could see. Then, there will be lots of cheering and yelling, until the 60 second buzzer is up! OR, if someone finishes their pie before 60 seconds, they would be the winner!
– The Effortless Events Team