Rock the Tots!

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on


Somehow, we missed the previous five, but we like the idea of the sixth-annual “Rock the Tot” Tater Tot Eating Contest.

(Kids: Don't try this at school.)

This decidedly adult competition is once again happening at Bar Louie locations around the country, including at Station Square and at the Waterfront in Homestead, on Thursday, Sept. 19.  

Today's press release explains that the contest is in two parts: team relay races (each of four people on the team in turn races to down a pound of tots) and a solo competition (race to eat as many tots as possible in three minutes). The relays start everywhere at 8 p.m., followed by the solo competition.

The fastest team wins four “Rock the Tot” champions t-shirts and free tots for a year at Bar Louie.

Each location's solo champion winsa $250 Bar Louie gift card, a champion trophy, a T-shirt and free tater tots for one year.

0912213totlogoThe top five local champs win airfare to and a hotel room in Cleveland to compete at Bar Louie Cleveland on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the title of "Rock the Tot" national champion. That person gets $500, free tater tots for life and will hold the world record for most tots eaten in three minutes. The five competitors all get to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as well.

Western Pennsylania almost claimed the crown last year, as the winner at the Waterfront, Bob Kuhns, competed in the Cleveland finals and came in second.

Still, on Sept. 9, you don't have to compete to participate, according to the release: "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." So customers who want to be part of that each will get a single tot to eat at 9 p.m. Eastern standard time.

Bar Louie says that nearly 250,000 tater tots were consumed nationwide during last year’s competition. The 2012 national champion, Jamie McDonald, downed 5 pounds and 4 ounces of tater tots in six minutes.

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