Lobster-Eating Contest

Maine launches a series of lobster-eating contests

You've heard about the guys who can gobble dozens of hot dogs in a few minutes. But how would they do with lobsters? Maine is planning to find out. The Maine Lobster Promotion Council is holding lobster-eating contests this summer. There will be five of them at various festivals, leading to a "world championship" over Labor Day weekend. Each participant will get four lobsters -- and the first to rip them open and eat them will win. A council spokeswoman says, as far as she knows, there had never been a lobster-eating contest in Maine before the first one year last year. And in a state with such a famous crustacean, she wonders why nobody thought of it before.