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April 30--  Twenty-seven contestants in three age categories competed Saturday at the Vidalia Lions Club  "World Famous Vidalia Onion Eating Contest" held under the pines on Airport Road on the Arts and Crafts stage.








hokepoeHoke Poe, a sixth grader from Jefferson, Georgia won first place among 12 competitors in the age 11 and under category.  He ate five Sweet Vidalia Onions in three minutes.  






lilliannFirst place in the age 12 through 16 category went to Toombs County High School sophomore LiliAnn Pittman who ate eleven Sweet Onions to edge out four other competitors.  LiliAnn also won the contest two years ago when she ate five.









devinThere were nine competitors in the 17 and up age category and 19-year-old Devin Johnson of Vidalia took top honors eating 15 Sweet Vidalia Onions.  Lion Tracey Clark presented the winning trophy and $100 to the winner.