August 8, 2016

Corn dog and pie-eating contests: It must be Fair time!


TULARE – Corn dog lovers will compete to see who can down the most dogs in just eight minutes during the annual corn dog-eating contest at the Tulare County Fair, Sept. 14-18.

The entry fee is $10 if paid by Monday, Sept. 12 or $15 thereafter. Entries will be accepted on the day of the contest, which begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Rules for all contests are available on the website. The contest, sponsored by Milo’s Corn Dogs, will be held at the Eagle Mountain Casino stage. Semi-professionals, amateur eaters and fairgoers who love corndogs will compete for a total of $800 in prize money.

Pie lovers will have their own competition this year, beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, on the Eagle Mountain Stage. The first prize-winner will receive passes for two to meet The Boxmasters, featuring actor Billy Bob Thornton, and reserved seating at the concert. The second prize-winner will receive two barbecue dinners at the fair; third prize will win two funnel cakes. Participants must be 18 years or older. Pre-registration is $10; on site registration is $15. Details and the entry form are online at

Talented local kids are also invited to participate in the third annual Kids Talent Auditions at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, to compete for cash and prizes. Each contestant, age 14 and younger, must come prepared with a two-minute audition piece and music must be on a CD. Twelve finalists will be selected to move on to the Kids’ Talent Showcase, to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The winner of the showcase will receive $150, a corn dog on a stick, a stuffed animal and more. First and second runners-up will also receive cash and prices. Contestants must reserve a spot in advance by emailing

The 2016 Tulare County Fair this year will feature Gin Blossoms on opening night; WAR on Thursday, Sept. 15; Colt Ford on Friday, Sept. 16; and En Vogue on Saturday, Sept. 17, all free with paid fair admission. For information, call 686-4707 or visit