September 22, 2008 Slideshows

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Sushi Eating Contest at St. Louis Wasabi Festival, 9/21/08 

How much can you (burp) eat? Photos from the sushi-eating contest at Wasabi Festival, held September 21, 2008 on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis.
By Steve Truesdell
Two ladies enjoying some coconuts at the Wasabi Festival.
By Steve Truesdell
This guy had some mad skills with the tops.
By Steve Truesdell
Artist sketch of the scene
By Steve Truesdell
A balloon and its friend.
By Steve Truesdell
The ladies of Kirin.
By Steve Truesdell
Japanese drummers performing their new hit single.
By Steve Truesdell
Contestants in the "Crowd Scavenger Hunt" attempt to remove a bystanders bra.
By Steve Truesdell
The crowd screams "Wasabi!"
By Steve Truesdell
By Steve Truesdell
The emcee goes over the rules of Sushi eating.
By Steve Truesdell
Last year's champion was back to defend his title.
By Steve Truesdell
Confuscious say, "Drum roll before California roll."
By Steve Truesdell
The contest begins...
By Steve Truesdell
Last year's winner Stu starts off strong.
By Steve Truesdell
This lass gave a valiant effort but only ate 22 pieces.
By Steve Truesdell
He started strong but dropped out halfway through, rumors of porcelain prayers are unconfirmed.
By Steve Truesdell
Open wide!
By Steve Truesdell
"More Sushi over here."
By Steve Truesdell
This contestant was imitating Marlon Brando while eating.
By Steve Truesdell
Some thought standing would give them an edge.
By Steve Truesdell
“I wonder what they’ll serve for desert?”
By Steve Truesdell
First-place eater showing his form.
By Steve Truesdell
Stu’s throwing in the towel...
By Steve Truesdell
...And maybe something else.
By Steve Truesdell
The top three finishers ate over 75 California rolls ech.
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By Steve Truesdell
Two ladies enjoying some coconuts at the Wasabi Festival.
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