Onion Eating Contest

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Onion Eating Contest Pine Island NY

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About the Pine Island Onion Eating Contest
The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce held its twelfth annual Pine Island Onion Eating Contest on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Polish Legion of American Veterans Pavilion at 4 p.m. The contest is in celebration of Pine Island’s 3,000 acres of hearty onions that are famous throughout America.

This event is held in cooperation with the annual Onion Festival featuring 18-time Grammy Award winner Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra.

The winner receives a check for $100 from the Orange County Vegetable Growers Association and a plaque sponsored by the Orange County Farm Bureau.

Registration is limited to 12 contestants and pre-registration is required. Contestants may register by calling Russell Kowal at 258-4792 or any chamber officer. For advance tickets to the Onion Festival call 1-800-724-0727.

Emcee, Russell Kowall tells the Onion Festival Viewers about the Onion Eating Contest.
Some of the contestants get their onions ready.
Robert Gillespie, Center, 2017 Winner, is back for another try.
Ray Weslowski, 2018 and multi year winner in the past is serious about repeating.
Serious business...
2019 Winner, Robert Gillespie has his second big win.
Orange County Legislator, Paul Ruszkiewicz, presents a check for $100 from the Orange County Vegetable Growers to 2019 winner, Robert Gillespie. Pictured on the left is Town Councilman and event organizer, Russel Kowall. Pictured on the right, between Paul and Robert is Jimmy Sturr, host and sponsor of the Onion Festival.
State Senator, Jen Metzger and Assemblyman, Karl Brabenec present a State of New York Legislative Resolution proclaiming Wednesday, August 2019 as Onion Appreciation Day in the state of NY. Pictured from left to right are Janet Zimmerman, representing the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Russell Kowal, representing the Warwick Town Council and Paul Ruszkiewicz representing the Orange County Legislature. (Off camera to the right in the next picture is John J. Ruszkiewicz, representing Pine Island Onion Farmers.
Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, acknowledges John J. Ruszkiewicz, representing Pine Island Onion Farmers.

For more information on the Onion Eating Contest, email the Chamber