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News Release - Issued by York Maze


The annual UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships take place at York Maze, North Yorkshire on Saturday 15 August, with a £1000 cash prize for anyone who can set a new world record.

Says York Maze owner Tom Pearcy, “As the UK’s biggest maze made out of maize plants, also know as corn, its fitting that we should be hosting the UK Sweetcorn Eating championships. I’d love to see a UK contestant take the title for World sweetcorn eating. The current world record is held by Jammin’ Joe LaRue, from Florida, USA who consumed a record 46 ears of corn in 12 minutes in 2010.”

The UK Sweetcorn Eating championships are being held as part of York Maze’s annual Sweetcorn Festival. Children will also be able to enter the challenge to eat a single corn-on-the-cob in the fastest time, and there will be prizes in various age categories, live music and the opportunity to eat corn cooked in different ways.

Anyone who would like a shot at the world record and walk away with £1000 prize should head to York Maze on Saturday 15 August. Heats involving eating a single corn on the cob take place between 12pm and 3.30pm with the fastest single cob eaters going through to the final at 3.30pm and a shot at the 12 minute world record.


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When: Saturday 15 Aug heats 12pm–3.30pm, world record attempt 3.30pm
Where: York Maze Elvington Lane (B1228), York, YO19 5LT, just off the A1079 Hull Road.
What: Contestants try to beat the world record of eating 46 corn on the cobs in 12 minutes to claim the £1000 cash prize.

Editors Notes
York Maze

York Maze covers 15 acres (8 football pitches) in size and is thought to be one of the biggest mazes in the world. This year’s design is a tribute to 50 years of Thunderbirds. The giant Thunderbird 2 carved in the maize is 350m (1150ft) long and is believed to be the biggest Thunderbird 2 ever created.

York Maze Elvington Lane (B1228), York, YO19 5LT, just off the A1079 Hull Road. Open daily from Saturday 11 July to Monday 7 September from 10am to 6.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). 2015 on the door admission prices: Adult £13.50, Senior £13.00, Children (3-15) £12.50, Under 3s Free, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £50.00. Book online in advance and save £1 per person or £5 off a family ticket. Free parking. Telephone: 01904 607341,

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