Jalapeno contest kicks off annual car show

April 24, 2012

A jalapeno-eating contest at Emporia State University will be an early kick-off to the 15th annual Super Custom Car Show in downtown.

The Caliente (hot) Jalapeno Contest begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, with piñatas on Main Street of the Memorial Union. From noon to 1:30 p.m. contestants will be eating jalapenos. They will be divided into two categories — students and faculty-staff-administration. Within those categories, women will compete against women, men against men. Free soda pop and popcorn will be available for everyone.

Winners of the contest will take home $50 cash.

The event is sponsored by Emporia Brown Express Athletic Club, ESU Karate Club, ESU Newman Kansas Association of Nursing Students, Emporia State Federal Credit Union, Sodexo, Memorial Union Corp., Navrat’s Office Products and Community Hornets.

The car show will follow from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Commercial Street. It is sponsored by Brown Express Athletic Club, ESU Karate Club, ESU Newman Kansas Association of Nursing Students, Mussatto Brothers, Complete Works Custom Engraving, T-Mobile, Genesis Health Clubs and Navrat’s Office Products. Proceeds from the car show benefit ESU scholarships.

Registration for entrants will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entry fee is $20 in each of four categories — cars, trucks, sound-off stereo and SPL.

First- and second-place trophies will be awarded in each individual category — antique, classic, domestic 1980-95, domestic 1996-2011, Corvette, street rod, hot rod, low rider, muscle car, imports, trucks, SUV, under construction and miscellaneous.

First-place trophies will be awarded for paint, graphics, interior and club participation. First- and second-place trophies will be given in the Sound Off Stereo competition in three competition classes — 10-inch subwoofers, 12-inch subwoofers and 15-inch subwoofers.

The vehicle awarded Best of Show will receive the Dan Tebbetts Memorial Trophy.

Admission to the show is free, and family entertainment will be on hand including DJs, piñatas, demonstrations and face and body painting.

In case of rain, the event will be May 5. For more information on either the jalapeno-eating contest or the car show, contact director Gilbert Rodriguez by email at rlcg65@yahoo.com or rgitchel@emporia.edu or by phone at (620) 340-0353.



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