Bravo to our 2021 Winner: Mike Stubeck
The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Onion Eating Contest on Sunday, September 5th at the Polish Legion of American Veterans Pavilion at 5 pm.
Orange County legislator and local farmer, Paul Ruszkiewicz, emceed the contest for the organizer, Alex Kocot, who was one of the competitors. A large crowd cheered on their favorites as Mike Stubeck, new to the competition, won in a really tight bite to the finish.
Warwick Town Supervisor, Michael Sweeton and Warwick Town Council Candidate, Kevin Shuback were among the contestants. Onlookers included a number of local officials: Warwick Town Councilman, running for reelection, Floyd DeAngelo; Warwick Town Justices, Nancy DeAngelo and Peter Barlet; Assemblyman, Karl Brabanec and Senator Mike Martucci.
This event was sponsored and conducted by the Orange County Vegetable Growers Association, and took place during the Annual Onion Festival produced by 18-time grammy winner Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra. The winner received a check for $100 from the Orange County Vegetable Growers Association, and a plaque sponsored by the Orange County Farm Bureau.
In a grand charitable, community gesture, Mike Stubeck donated his winning prize money to the Polish Legion of American Veterans. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all who attended.