- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 105-pound professional eater from Alexandria was crowned Fruitcake Champion yesterday after downing nearly five pounds in 10 minutes and beating her nearest competitor by a single bite.

With paramedics on standby, Sonya Thomas swallowed 4 pounds, 14 ounces of the ubiquitous holiday fare.

“My jaw is very tired right now,” she said after outeating 405-pound Eric “Badlands” Booker of Long Island, N.Y., by one-eighth of an ounce.

The contest, believed to be a first, was sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating and kicked off Buffalo’s New Year’s festivities.

Despite her size, Miss Thomas, 36, is no lightweight on the professional-eating circuit. She’s eaten 43 tacos in 11 minutes to claim victory in the World Champion Chicken Taco Eating Contest. She also holds the female world record for eating 24 hot dogs in 12 minutes and for eating 68 hard-boiled eggs in 8 minutes.

“This is much tougher than it looks,” said contestant Gary Pufpaff, a bulky Buffalo radio host in his first eating contest. He managed to consume only 14 ounces — washed down with eggnog — to finish last in the five-person field.

The contest capped a “fruitcake amnesty campaign,” during which people were encouraged to send their unwanted fruitcakes to Buffalo to be eaten and distributed to the hungry. The campaign highlighted a holiday food drive for the Food Bank of Western New York.

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