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Krystal Square Off preliminary round coming to campus

Bring your appetite or bring your camera to the 2005 Krystal Square Off preliminary round to be held on Vine Street in front of the University Center Friday, September 2. Free Krystals will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the Square Off opening ceremonies starting at 12 noon. The opening ceremonies will include a Krystal eating contest with Mocs Football Head Coach Rodney Allison, Mocs Basketball Head Coach John Shulman, and Mocs Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore.

The Krystal Square Off is the only world hamburger eating championship officially sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE).

Following the opening ceremonies, Krystal will hold eating contests until 2 p.m. Contestants are free and open to anyone 18 years or older. All contestants will get a free T-shirt.

“We are also having contests on Saturday at the Tennessee Aquarium and Sunday at the Chattanooga Lookouts game,” said Kenny Hammontree, Senior Marketing Coordinator for the Krystal Company. “The top eaters from these contests as well as the ones at UTC will qualify for the Chattanooga finals on Monday before the Lookouts game. “

The winner of that contest will earn a seat at the world championship table, along with the winners from the other 10 cities on the Krystal Square Off qualifying tour. The World Championship will be held on November 19 at the First Tennessee Pavilion prior to the UTC vs Furman football game. The champion will win $10,000.

Last year's champion Takeru Kobayashi devoured 69 Krystal Hamburgers in eight minutes. The world's number-one-ranked eater has received an automatic seat at the November 19 main event.

Individuals interested in competing in the 2005 Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship can find more information at the Krystal website. As an officially sanctioned IFOCE event, all registration for the qualifying contests will be handled by the IFOCE through the Krystal website.

August 26, 2005

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