NICHOLS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Competitive eaters gathered together on Saturday to battle it out for the World Chicken Spiedie-Eating Championship.
The fourth annual contest was held trackside at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort.
It included eaters from around the country, including number one and number two ranked competitive eaters in the world, Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie.
For ten minutes, contestants had to eat as many chicken spiedies as possible.
The one who could eat the most would walk away with two thousand dollars and the championship.
But with a heavy downpour, and lightening in the skies, competitors say it made for an intense battle.
"It was really intense because when we're up on stage we try to just zone out everything," said 2017 World Chicken Spiedie-Eating Champion, Matt Stonie. "We just try to focus on what we're doing and just keep plowing through the food and stuff and the rain kind of had this extra intensity. Kind of like we were in the middle of this battle. It was cool. Everybody was under the same rain so, as far as I'm concerned, it was all fair."
The two-time champion was able to eat twenty-five and a half chicken spiedies, beating his old world record of twenty.
Joey Chestnut tied fourth ranked eater, Carmen Cincotti, for second place with twenty-three and a half chicken spiedies.