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H.O.G. members eat for charity

Columbia, S.C. (June 27, 2005): He came, he ate and he conquered!

More than 100 Harley-Davidson® enthusiasts from around the state gathered Saturday at the Harley Haven motorcycle shop in Cayce for music, fun and the S.C. Education Lottery’s ultimate eating contest, in which representatives of local Harley groups pitted their gastronomical techniques against champion professional eater Eric “Badlands” Booker of New York.

According to the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), which oversaw the SCEL competition, Booker is ranked in the top five nationally. He proved why he is a champion, gobbling 2.4 pounds of ribs during the eight-minute chow-down.

Booker bested challengers from Harley Owners Group® (H.O.G.) chapters in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill. But Kyle Watson, of Columbia, pulled out a second-place win. He ate 1.3 pounds of meat to win a $500 donation for his H.O.G. chapter’s favorite charity – Carolina Sunshine for Children.

The Myrtle Beach chapter won a $300 donation for its charity – Waccamaw Youth Center – for having the most riders at the event.

Harley-Davidson® riders and enthusiasts cheered on the contestants, enjoyed music from the Jeff Cryder Band and pigged out themselves on food cooked up by Myers Barbecue in Blythewood. The restaurant also prepared the ribs for the contest.

All the fun was to help kick off SCEL’s newest ticket – Ultimate Harley-Davidson. The $5 ticket offers players the chance to win the ultimate prize for any Harley fan: A Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® motorcycle.

Twelve Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® motorcycles are among the prizes available in the game. Players also have the chance to win up to $100,000. In addition, SCEL will have two second-chance drawings. Players can mail in non-winning tickets for a chance to win both a 2005 F-250 Harley-Davidson® edition Ford pickup and a Fat Boy® motorcycle. Each second-chance grand prize is valued at more than $100,000.

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