Sussex firefighter wins rib-eating contest


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  • Sussex Fire Department firefighter T.J. Donnelly stepped up to the plate at the fourth annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges Rib Eating Contest to defeat favorite and three-time winner Hunter Space of the Beemerville Fire Department.




  • At left is Stan Utter of the Branchville/Frankford Fire Department and three-time winner Hunter Space of the Beemerville Fire Department. Space won the contest for each of the past three consecutive years.




  • Sussex Fire Department firefighter T.J. Donnelly is shown receiving the prize from Franklin Sussex Auto Mall general manager Claude Jaillet.




  • Music was supplied by the Farmer Phil Band.



Three-time rib-eating champion Hunter Space was dethroned on Saturday, June 14 when Sussex Fire Dept. firefighter T.J. Donnelly ate his entire rack of ribs in 3:33.

For his efforts Donnelly brought home a check for $500 to support the efforts of his volunteer department. As a prelude to the concert to be held at the county fairgrounds, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall offered fire departments from 10 attending towns a chance to win the prize.

The ribs were supplied by renowned rib master Eric Figueroa of the Double S Diner. Music was provided by the Farmer Phil Band.

The concert will be held on June 28 and 29 and additional information is available at www.rockribsandridges.com.

— Photos by Chris Wyman
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