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April 29--  Twenty-three contestants took part in the world famous Vidalia Onion Eating Contest Saturday afternoon during the 2012 Vidalia Onion Festival.

{mosimage}After a two-year dry spell, Cody Peters regained his title in the 17 years-and-above category by downing seven Sweet Vidalia Onions in three minutes.  His personal best is 23 several years ago.

{mosimage}A 15-year-old from near Oak Park, Shea Kirby, is number one in the 12-to-16 age group.  She ate four and beat her twin sister Shannon, far right, by one-half onion.  Miss Vidalia Onion Kayla Ray (middle) helped count the number of onions gulped down by competitors.

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In the age group eleven and under, a fourth grader from Broxton, Tayon Wimberly, made his first trip to the Onion Festival and won by eating three-and-a-half onions.