Kelowna man wolfs down 35 and a half perogies to win contest

Morgan Harrison was able to eat 35 and a half perogies to win Barb's Delights' second annual perogy eating contest.

Morgan Harrison

Morgan Harrison

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.”

Kelowna Capital News

Just Posted

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

The administrative headquarters for the Central Okanagan Public Schools. (File photo)
COVID-19 exposures confirmed at 2 Central Okanagan Schools

The infected individuals are self-isolating at home

Farming Karma is set to release a line of fruit vodka sodas soon. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna fruit growers expanding line of beverages

Farming Karma is expanding from fruit sodas to fruit vodka sodas

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Jane Linden
KCR: Volunteering keeps you active

Kelowna Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read