REGINA — You won't believe who the star attraction is at a celebrity mini-donut eating contest this August at the Queen City Ex.
Indeed, the Ex has announced that none other than Joey Chestnut, fresh off defending his Nathan's hot dog eating title on July 4, will be in Regina for the donut eating event. It is presented by SaskTel and the Regina Food Bank, and takes place on Friday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m. on the Original 16 Stage.
The event is looking to raise money for the Regina Food Bank. The call is out for community leaders to raise a minimum of $1,000 to join the competition.
Among those taking on Chestnut are REAL president and CEO Tim Reid, Regina Food Bank CEO John Bailey, Economic Development Regina President and CEO Chris Lane, and Rebellion Brewing President and CEO Mark Heise.
“The Regina Food Bank is an incredible organization in our city doing important work,” said Reid in a statement. “With everything happening in the world, the rising cost of everything from food to fuel, access to quality food matters more than ever for those in need. This competition is a fun way our community can support those who need the food bank right now.”
“Queen City Ex creates memories that make our community a better place, and for Regina Food Bank, this partnership is the sugar on top that helps us feed those who need a hand up,” said Bailey in a statement. “Last year we experienced a 49 per cent increase in food bank users, serving 12,505 children, youth and adults across Regina. Food insecurity is continuing to rise, and we can only rise to the challenge of meeting the needs of our community thanks to our donors and community investment partners like REAL District.”
Donors can visit reginafoodbank.ca to support the competitors reaching their pledge goal. Those hoping to see Chestnut in competition can get a QCX pass for Friday at the Ex, which includes admission to this event. For tickets and more information go to queencityex.com.