Friday, November 11, 2005

Lutefisk Eating Contest: Lose Your Lunch And Lose The Event

MADISON, Minn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Things are getting pretty fishy in Madison, Minnesota, tonight (Nov. 11), thanks to the town’s annual lutefisk eating contest.

It’s the big event the town’s 33rd Annual Norsefest and competitors will compete to see who can eat the most lutefisk, a salty form of dried cod that’s preserved in lye – no lie.

Norsefest spokesman Garrison Hale says the concoction used to be eaten by Vikings during cold winter months and resembles a “fish Jello” when reconstituted with water.

Lutefisk lovers from as far away as Florida and Washington will be putting their stomachs on the line for a $50 prize and Hale says it’s possible someone could break the current record of eight pounds held by a man named Jerry Osterass.

It’s possible but not probable. You see, the contest has a “retainage rule” stipulating that the cod-stricken competitors must keep the lutefisk in their stomachs for at least two minutes in order to win.

Hale says that rarely happens and some contestants are “lucky enough to get out the back.”

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