Pie-eating champ scarfs his way to glory at fiesta
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Robert Trice
Robert Trice
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It started out as an apricot pie. What it became after that — in the human funnel that is the alimentary canal of Robert Trice — was a little bit of fiesta history.

In an attempt to jumpstart the final day of the 39th annual Patterson Apricot Fiesta, Bogdanich Farms staged what was billed as the second-ever Apricot Pie-Eating Championship on Sunday, May 31.

Before a throng of dozens, Trice turned the apricot pie — and the competition — to mush.

The contest lasted less than 3 minutes, and at one point Trice had so much pie on his face that he appeared to being wearing “one of those bee beards,” according to organizers.

Unable to use his arms, Trice devoured the apricot filling and crust into his own cavernous pie-hole.

The satchel-mouthed competitor defeated his nearest rival by more than 10 seconds, according to contest organizer Carol Bogdanich.

“There was a 3-minute time limit to see who could eat a whole pie in the least amount of time,” Bogdanich said. “(Trice) finished with no assistance, well before that 3-minute mark.”

You might say the pie appeared to be Trice’s preferred medium on Sunday, in the same way that artists enjoy painting with watercolors.

Trice employed his own style in the thick of competition, bouncing up and down in his seat on the theory that whatever he is inhaling at that moment will settle deeper in his stomach.

After appearing to open the button on his jeans, Trice was still wiping apricot mush off himself as he awaited the official results.

“It’s a good thing that we put plastic down on the stage,” Bogdanich said.

As soon as the competition was over, Trice said he was already looking ahead to next year’s fiesta, where he hopes to defend his title.

Sounds as easy as pie.

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