The Bluffton Village Festival is celebrating 35 years. In honor of this anniversary, the Rotary Club of Bluffton festival committee is planning its first pie-eating contest and looking for contestants. Contestants will race to see who can devour a tasty homemade strawberry pie the fastest. The mouth-watering pies will be prepared by local bakery, The Sugaree. This is a free event, to begin at 11:30 a.m. on the main stage area. All registered, participating contestants will receive the new 2013 Bluffton Village Festival T-shirt.

will be three pie-eating heats, held in groups of five each. The winner of each heat will perform again in the championship “pie-off.” The goal of each heat is to eat the pie the fastest, which means the first contestant to finish his/her entire pie down to the tin and stand up will be declared the winner. The judges will decide if the pie is actually finished before ending the contest.

, including gift certificates to The Sugaree, will be awarded for first, second and third place.

For more information, call 843-815-2277. Visit and click on the “forms” tab to find the rules and registration form. Final deadline for registration is May 1, 2013.

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