In 20 minutes Morgan Harrison ate more perogies than most people consume in a month.
And his wife couldn’t be more proud.
On Saturday, Barb’s Delights hosted its second annual perogy eating contest to help raise money for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
With 30 seconds left in the competition, and 35 perogies sitting in his belly, Morgan—who appeared to be the clear leader—set down his fork and took a sip of water.
But his wife, Chelsea, pushed him to eat “just one more.”
“I’m very proud,” said Chelsea shortly after the competition.
“I knew he could do it. He has perogies probably five times a week. He loves perogies.”
Morgan claims that he typically eats 20 perogies for supper. Saturday’s performance exceeded even his own expectations.
“I thought maybe (I’d eat) 30, but not quite 35,” said Morgan.
According to Morgan he signed up for the perogy eating contest to help support the women’s shelter and because he loves perogies.
When asked whether or not he will wait a while before eating any more perogies, he said, “I think I’ll buy some and have them for supper tonight.”
Morgan’s performance set a new record, beating the 2011 champion’s record of 27 and a half perogies.
Steve Thompson, last year’s champion, said that he won with ease in 2011; therefore, was impressed by the level of this year’s competition.
“It actually seemed easier than it should’ve been. I didn’t feel too bad afterwards and nobody else was even close,” said Steve.
Before the competition, he noted that this year’s strategy was to be the last to sit down at the table.
“Nobody notices right now, but I’m still standing. It’s all about belly massage and gravity helping out.”
Barb Dumbobic, owner of Barb’s Delights, said that this year’s event was much better attended than the first year’s.
“It’s overwhelming,” she said, looking around her crammed restaurant.
She said she was very happy with the turnout and the support for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
“We’re donating $10 from all the (perogy eating) contestants and $1 from every lunch and breakfast plate that was sold today.”