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Winners of Downtown Racine Corporation’s annual German Fest, held on Saturday, June 22 at the Harbor Lite Yacht Club announced.

The Kraut Eating Competition took place at 6 p.m. with the females having to eat one pound of sauerkraut and males eating one and a half pounds. Competitors were allowed to use a fork, their hands or indulge with their entire face right off the plate. Winners were determined based on who finished their plate the fastest.

While the winner of the female competition was clear, the male competition came down to a photo finish that was too close to call. Eaters. Teddy Delacruz and Dylan Scharding, finished their pound and a half of sauerkraut at nearly the same time. An “Eat-Off” of an additional pound of sauerkraut between Teddy and Dylan took place, and this time one man rose to the top.

Female Kraut Eating Champion:
Betsy Drumm
Time: 1 minute and 42 seconds

Male Kraut Eating Champion
Dylan Scharding
Time: 57 seconds

German Fest King and Queen were awarded at 7:30 p.m. Contestants were judged on their lederhosen and dirndl attire and a winner was decided based on crowd applause.

German Fest Queen:
Julie Helding

German Fest King
David Maack