to Film Rt. 66 Apple Pie Eating Contest
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[May 29, 2014]
ATLANTA - A film crew with the
Czech Republic Rt. 66 Association will capture a bit of Americana
when it stops in Atlanta, Illinois on Sunday, June 1st to
film a Rt. 66 Apple Pie Eating contest.
After the success of its 2010 feature film “ROUTE 66 - MAINSTREET
USA,” the Czech Rt. 66 Association has decided to make another
feature-length documentary about the America’s legendary Mother
Road. This second film will feature Rt. 66 as a place to have fun,
unusual experiences. The Czech Rt. 66 Association film crew has been
in the U.S. filming since May 19th and will wrap up its
shoot on June 3rd.
The Atlanta Betterment Fund is partnering with the Czech Rt. 66
Association to organize the Rt. 66 Apple Pie Eating Contest that
will commence at approximately 11:30 a.m. beneath Atlanta’s iconic
Bunyon Statute located along Historic Rt. 66 in downtown Atlanta.
The Rt. 66 Apple Contest will
feature five contestants, including Atlanta locals Jerrod Mattingly
and Kris Langly. They will be up against two Czech natives, plus Pat
Bertoletti of Chicago. Pat is of Czech descent and holds a number of
competitive eating contest records. In 2012 he
took first place in The Isle
Boonville World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Championship by eating
6.75 pounds of buffalo wings in 10 minutes. That same year he also
took first place in the Wild Eggs National Pancake Eating
Championship by eating 50 king pancakes in 10 minutes. In February
of 2013 Patrick took first place in Fat Tuesday King Cake Eating
World Championship by eating 12 king cakes in 8 minutes. Later that
year he took first place in the Z-Burger Independence Burger eating
Championship by eating 28 burgers in 10 minutes.
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In honor of the Mother Road’s
numerical designation, participants in the Rt. 66 Apple Pie
Eating Contest will see who can consume the most apple pie in
six minutes and sixty seconds.
According to its producer, Zdenek
Jurasek (founder of the Czech Republic Rt. 66 Association) and
director Tomas Zindler. this new film project of the Czech Republic
Rt. 66 Association is designed to bring the legend of Rt. 66 closer
to the European public. The public is invited and encouraged to
attend this free event.
[Text received; BILL THOMAS]