NENANA-- Rebecca Troxel of Nenana was the winner this weekend of the Donut Eating Contest, hosted by the Nenana Ice Classic as part of the Tripod Days celebration. Rebecca downed a donut and a half in the one-minute time limit, easily out-munching the competition. The donuts were dry, hard to swallow cake donuts, but Rebecca beat the odds without even a cup of water to aid in the difficult task. In her victory, she claimed the $3 prize. And she wanted to mention, "Even though I ate the donuts, I lost .4 pounds this week."
Rebecca was a double champion this weekend, also winning the Quilt Contest. She took first place this year, a better finish than her second place win last year. On seeing the quilt she entered for judging, her arch rival (last year's quilt contest winner) said, "If you are going to enter that one, I'm not even going to bother to enter." Rebecca was estatic at this year's win; she said before the judging, "I'm in it to win it!" The winning quilt was a hand pieced, hand quilted 1000 Pyramids. It is not a true charm quilt in that some of the fabrics are repeated, but it does have over 900 different fabrics in the 1100 piece quilt. The prize was a $25 gift card to Jo-Ann's.
Rebecca and her family also participated in other weekend events including the Hula Hoop Contest, the Ball and Chain Contest, Face Painting, the TaeKwon Do Demonstration, the Potato Race, the Tug of War, the Egg Toss, the Gunny Sack Race and the Pop Scramble. They were very happy to win a door prize; a gift certificate to the Monderosa, a local restaurant.
The Nenana Ice Classic is happy to announce that the official Tripod is now up on the Tanana River and everyone will be waiting until the ice melts and the $300,000 prize will be awarded to the person who guesses closest to the time the ice goes out.