Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hot Hot Hot!

One of the hottest (pun intended) events at the 2016 Bikes Blues and BBQ® was the Whataburger Jalapeno Eating Contest held on the Pabst Blue Ribbon Stage on Friday afternoon of the rally. Two teams, one made up of members of BBB® Security, and the other of volunteers from the beer garden crowd, vied for a year's supply of Whataburgers. (Yep, that's right; each winning team member got 52 vouchers for a free Whataburger.)

The rules were simple. Each team member got ten whole pickled jalapenos on a plate and had 60 seconds to eat as many as possible. At the end of the minute, the total eaten by each team was tabulated and the team with the most won.

During the tabulation period, one of the members of "Team Joe" challenged the emcee, Joe Giles, to eat one of the leftover peppers. In the spirit of charitable giving, Joe offered to do just that if a member of the crowd would donate $20 to the tip jar of the JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) crew selling beer in the garden that day. Before he could start working on his jalapeno, not only had that donation been made, but it was joined by 8 others for a total of $180 to a very deserving non-profit.

For his part, Joe valiantly got 5 of the peppers
down before good sense (and an ominous rumbling of the stomach) set in and he had had enough. At the end of the spectacle, Team Joe emerged as victors and received their just dues, the years worth of Whataburgers. (Team Security got second place individual gift packs for their efforts.)

To make matters even better, the Whataburger representatives presented BBB® with a check for $1,000 to go toward the moneys donated to local charities following the rally. So, truly a win-win-win for everyone (except Joe who contributed
greatly to profits of the Pepto Bismol company for the rest of the day).

Joe recently commented, "It took about a week and a half to recover fully. Apparently, I'm a lot older than I used to be."

Many thanks to Whataburger for helping us support local charities!