First annual fried dough eating contest held at Franklin County Fair

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than a dozen people of all ages spent part of their afternoon at the Franklin County Fair, seeing who could finish a big chunk of fried dough first.

This was the first annual fried dough eating contest, sponsored by Hager Farm Market in Greenfield.

It didn’t hurt anyone’s appetite having the fried dough smothered in Hager’s Maple Cream.

And the way the contestant finished off all the maple cream topped fried dough gave Hager’s Kim Stevens a good deal of pride.

“My grandmother started making that maple cream when I was very little and it’s a real family tradition for us,” said Stevens.

Jimmy Zellman of Greenfield finished first, he told 22News, “Fill your stomach gives you butterflies. That good, I love the fried dough, I go there all the time.”

He also finished first last year during the apple pie eating contest.

22News’ Sy Becker helped warm up the large crowd for the fried dough eating competition.

The competition was obviously quite a crowd pleaser for the many people who filled the 22News CW Springfield tent on the fairgrounds.

“Well at first I was worried watching a food eating contest, but it was exciting, quite exciting,” said Katrina Richotte.

The co-host of 22News Mass Appeal, Danny New, was among the contestants who ate heartily for fifteen minutes.

It was an exciting and food filling day at the Franklin County Fair hosting the thousands who attend every year with many more expected for the final day on Sunday.