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October 10, 2004

Perry-Hot food, fast rides, and fun games. There's no doubt that's what the Georgia National Fair is about, but it's also about competitions like the American Saddlebred Horse Show.

"Sometimes you start out back, but you get better," says Charlotte Ann Boyd.

The seven year and her horse Baby Face came in 8th last year, but competing with riders from all over the state gave her the confidence to come back and try again. This year she comes out on top.

"It just feels good. I know I've won blue ribbons a lot, but this just feels good," Boyd says.

If you cook or construct better than you ride, there's contests for you too. On display are some of the wackiest scarecrows you'll ever see. All of them built by 4-H students from around the state.

Just a few feet away, Christine Adam and Matt Salmon square off in the state 4-H Chicken-que contest.

"They're also looking at how well they started the fire. They're looking at how well they prepared the chicken, did they use proper food safety measures, did they handle knives and utensils properly. So there's a lot of things that we're looking at in addition to the chicken cooking itself," says judge Bill Starr.

So if rides packed with thrills and food cooked on grills aren't your thing, the Georgia National Fair is also a great place to compete against some of the best in the state.

The fair will run until next Sunday, October 17th. There are contests, cookoffs, livestock and horse shows daily.

Fair-goers also got a chance to qualify for a $10-thousand prize. The catch, you have to really love Krystal hamburgers.

The Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship tour stopped in Perry.The contest even drew contestants from other states. Top contenders were able to swallow down between 10 and 13 Krystals in just two minutes.

In Saturday night's eight minute finals Richard Lefevre of Las Vegas, Nevada ate a whopping 38 hamburgers. He earns a spot in the world championships and a chance at the $10,000 award.

"The record in our eight minute finals event so far is 42 Krystals. That is held by Sonya the Black Widow Thomas. She's from Alexandria, Virginia. She's only 5"2' and 105 pounds," says Krystals marketing director Brad Wahl.

This is the first year the Krystal eating contest has been held at the fair.

Posted at 5:55 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com