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Sweet! Florida Man Wins July 4 Key Lime Pie-Eating Contest

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    Sweet! Florida Man Wins July 4 Key Lime Pie-Eating Contest
    Florida Keys News Bureau
    David Johnson, right, hoists his first-place trophy after he beat 24 other contestants at the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Key West, Fla.

    A Key West man has won the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest on the subtropical island where the pie originated.

    David Johnson plunged face-first into a 9-inch pie smothered with whipped cream during Thursday's challenge. The rules forbid contestants from using their hands.

    He consumed it in 58.2 seconds, besting 24 rivals in the kickoff of the annual Key Lime Festival.

    Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of tiny yellow Key limes, typically with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream or meringue topping.

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    An author has created quite the controversy after claiming the Florida staple was not actually a product of the Sunshine State.

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    The festival ends Sunday after events including tasting strolls and an offbeat Key Lime Pie Drop.

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