Think you can eat a lot of tater tots? Now’s the time to prove if you’ve got what it takes to eat more than enough.
On Sept. 19, Bar Louie locations around the country, including the one at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, and the one at 22610 U.S. 281 N., will host their annual Rock the Tot tater tot-eating contest. The contest will be broken into two parts, team relay races and a solo competition. Each location will begin their relay race at around 8 p.m., followed by the solo competition to crown the local Rock the Tot champion. The festivities will include a night of live entertainment and celebration as Bar Louie seeks to set the world record for most tater tots eaten simultaneously across all locations. Guests wanting to participate in the historic attempt will each receive one tater tot to eat at the designated time of 8 p.m. CT.
The relay race teams will consist of four persons lined up with one pound of tater tots in front them. At the sound of the buzzer, the first team member will eat their pound of tots as fast as they can. The second team member will start their pound when the first team member has finished, and so on. The team to finish their four pounds of tots in the quickest time wins four Rock the Tot champions T-shirts and free tots for a year at Bar Louie.
Solo competitors will face off in a challenge to eat as many tater tots possible in three minutes. Contestants are allowed to have any drink of their choice during that time. At the end of the three minutes a winner will be determined and declared the Rock the Tot champion. All winners will be declared locally. Local solo winners will receive a $250 Bar Louie gift card, champion trophy, T-shirt and free tater tots for one year.
The top five local winners will be awarded airfare and hotel accommodations to Cleveland to attend the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and compete at Bar Louie Cleveland on Oct. 5 for the ultimate title of Rock the Tot national champion. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize, free tater tots for life and hold the world record for most tots eaten in three minutes.
Almost 250,000 tater tots were consumed nationwide during last year’s competition. The 2012 national champion Jamie McDonald consumed 5 pounds 4 ounces of tater tots in six minutes.
Registration is going on now at all local Bar Louie locations. For more information visit www.rockthetot.com. Participants should arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. local time and are encouraged to bring fans and get creative with costumes.