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SportsRecreationEatingContest22TuesdayMay62014AnnualtradeshowbringsoutsmilesinFortSmithHundredsockedtotheFortSmithrecreationcentrelastweekendfortheninthannualtradeshowwheredozensofvendorsshowedofftheirwaresandservices.AboveFromleftKristenThackerayandRamandaSandersongetafeelforcanoeingattheFortSmithPaddlingClubbooth.BelowFortSmithMayorBradBrakegetshisbloodpressurecheckedbyFortSmithHealthandSocialServicesAuthoritypublichealthstaff.ByJACKDANYLCHUKConfrontedwithasmallmountainoffoodBradFil-liondidwhatmostcompet-itorsintheCoyotesSteak-houseandGrillcouldnotheateitallinrecordtime.Itwasdauntingperformance.Adozenofthe17menandwomenwhotookontheburgerthatCoyotesownerEdwardButcallsTheBeasttwopoundsofgroundmeattoppedwithcheesetomatoandbaconplusaone-poundservingoffriestappedoutofthecontest.TheBeastburgerbestsmostineatingcontestOnlyvecontestantswereabletoeateverythingontheirplatesbutnonecouldtouchFillion.ThebuffmiddleweighttorethroughTheBeastin8min-utes33secondsandwiththeatricalourishquaffedaglassofbeerandwavedhisplateintheair.IwashungrysaidFil-lionwhoskippedlunchlastMondayignoringButsad-vicetonotskipmealsandriskshrinkingtheirstomachs.Fillionstechniquewouldprobablybringanger-wagfromMissManners.Heat-tackedTheBeastwithhisbarehandsdrankanoptionalbowlofgravyandranhisngeraroundhisplatebe-forelickingitclean.DethronedchampJamiePyelookeduncomfortable.SweatglistenedonthecruiserweightsforeheadashemethodicallyatehiswaythroughTheBeastin15min-utes38secondsaminuteoverhisbesttime.JaimiemighthavebeendistractedButsaid.Hiswifewasinhospitalinpre-labour.DarwinWarknishedafter21minutes50secondsMitchBrownat41minutes23sec-ondsandBenLaddell47minutes56seconds.Fillionwon100andaservingofTheBeastonceaweekforthenextyear.ThecontestresumesinJulywithaone-poundbisonburgerandFillionsaidhellbebacktode-fendhistitle.Chickenwingsracksofribsandsteakswillfollowlaterthisyear.Theofferisthesamewinnersinallcategoriesget100andafreeservingonceaweekforayearButsaid.Itsexpensiveformebutlotsoffunforeveryone.PhotoJackDanylchukPhotosPaulBannisterandMariaChurchBradFillionwaveshisplateintheairafterdevouringTheBeastburgerin8minutes33seconds.