Sussex firefighter wins rib-eating contest
Sussex Fire Department firefighter T.J. Donnelly stepped up to the plate at the fourth annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges Rib Eating Contest to defeat favorite and three-time winner Hunter Space of the Beemerville Fire Department.
At left is Stan Utter of the Branchville/Frankford Fire Department and three-time winner Hunter Space of the Beemerville Fire Department. Space won the contest for each of the past three consecutive years.
Sussex Fire Department firefighter T.J. Donnelly is shown receiving the prize from Franklin Sussex Auto Mall general manager Claude Jaillet.
Music was supplied by the Farmer Phil Band.
WANTAGE — Three-time rib-eating champion Hunter Space was dethroned on Saturday, June 14 when Sussex Fire Dept. firefighter T.J. Donnelly ate his entire rack of ribs in 3:33.
For his efforts Donnelly brought home a check for $500 to support the efforts of his volunteer department. As a prelude to the concert to be held at the county fairgrounds, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall offered fire departments from 10 attending towns a chance to win the prize.
The ribs were supplied by renowned rib master Eric Figueroa of the Double S Diner. Music was provided by the Farmer Phil Band.
The concert will be held on June 28 and 29 and additional information is available at www.rockribsandridges.com.
— Photos by Chris Wyman
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