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Planning to enter a pie or hotdog-eating contest? Get bold! Challenge yourself by throwing cow chips, racing cockroaches or whistling. Far out? Agree! Why not enter one of these contests.

Winning digital photo contests
Jeff Wignall.
New York : Lark Books, c2009.
Digital photo contests are hot, hot, HOT—and this savvy guide reveals the inside secrets and technical advice photographers need to find—and win—the best competitions. Jeff Wignall covers all aspects of this rising phenomenon, from finding safe and trustworthy contests to taking visually impressive and emotionally powerful photos that will catch the judges’ eyes. In addition to prizes, these contests provide digital photographers with a unique and unprecedented opportunity to showcase their work, and Wignall maps out how to take advantage of this exciting trend. He also includes one-on-one interviews with key contest owners and judges to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on why a particular photo won. The features contests include: Digital Image Cafe, National Wildlife Federation, Kodak, Steve's Digicams,Popular Photography,Smithsonian Magazine, Wet Pixel, and many more. Well over 100 original contest-winning images appear throughout the book, with commentary from the contributing photographers on their specific style and shooting techniques.
     
Red, white, & blue ribbon, 2004 : winning recipies from the past year's top recipe contests & food festivals
editing : Marlene Blessing ... [et al.]
Denver, CO : 3D Press, c2004.
Good food is always cause for celebration, and Red, White & Blue Ribbon 2004 offers over you 230 crowd-pleasing reasons to celebrate. Prize-winning dishes from simple to sophisticated make this cookbook a must-have for everyone from novice cooks to seasoned chefs. Discover why cooking across America has never been so much fun! Book jacket.
     
How to win lotteries, sweepstakes, and contests in the 21st century
by Steve Ledoux.
Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, c2004.
In this completely revised and updated second edition of his best-selling book (over 75,000 copies sold!), Steve Ledoux reveals the secrets that have enabled him to win thousands and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. He also shares his skills in choosing lottery numbers, entering and winning sweepstakes and contests, and spotting illegal scams in this savvy collection of prize-winning strategies. Lottery and sweepstakes hopefuls learn how to find the right contests to enter, how to protect themselves from cheaters, and what to expect after winning, including how to deal with the IRS and give interviews to the media. Internet sweepstakes, contests, game shows, and resources complete this guide to winning the jackpot! Book jacket.
     
America bizarro : a guide to freaky festivals, groovy gatherings, kooky contests, and other strange happenings across the U.S.A.
Nelson Taylor.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2000.
Do you breed rats and mice that could preen like poodles in a pet show? Have creative juices yearning to be set loose on a 20-ton block of packed snow? Possess a melodious voice best suited to singing the praises of SPAM? Nope? That's okay, with America Bizarro, you can find out all about people who do! It's a weird place, America, and even if you have a hobby or interest that no one you know shares, there's probably a group of people meeting somewhere in America to enjoy it together. Not only that, but someone else's obsession or bizarre display of civic pride is being celebrated right near you. Organized state-by-state, and illustrated with some pretty funny pictures, America Bizarro is an hysterical armchair read which doubles as a practical guide in case you want to: See the Jumping Frog competition immortalized by Mark Twain in Calaveras County, CA Be a delegate at the Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club Convention Munch on Rocky Mountain oysters at Montana's Testicle Festival Get lost in Grandpa John's Amazing Maze in a Nebraska cornfield Tickle, caress, and seduce the ivories in Las Vegas' Liberace "Play-A-Like" Competition Join Polar Bear plungers in the Atlantic in February at the Jersey Shore Win a truck in Texas' famous Hands on a Hardbody contest You never know. You could be the next International Pack Burro Race champion or just enjoy taking in the annual ArtCar Parade in San Francisco. America is what you make it, so make it Bizarro!
     
The ultimate guide to student contests, grades K-6
Scott Pendleton.
New York : Walker, 1998.
Includes index.
     
How to win lotteries, sweepstakes, and contests
by Steve Ledoux.
Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, c1995.
"Learn the secrets of America's sweepstakes king"--Cover.
     

World Juggling Day: Bowlers grab your pins… daredevils grab some torches, time to start juggling. World Juggling Day contests are held around the world. It's an event to behold; winning is secondary.

Cow Chip Contest: This contest involves a rare moment. People world wide take this opportunity to toss around poo (pew).  Can you beat the chip throwing record of 182 feet, 3 inches?

Cockroach Racing: Enjoy being around hundreds of scurrying cockroaches? Then enter roach racing events where thousands of roach lovers cheer their favorite little bugs. Events include the sprint and steeplechase.

International Whistlers Contest: Whistlers gather in Louisburg, NC, whistling capital of the world, where they seriously regard whistling a musical art form. Stage presence and self-confidence are factored into solo whistling performances.

Know the rules
Practice
Have fun!

Eating Contest: Do you have a favorite food? There's sure to be a contest on who could eat the most in a certain period of time. If hot dogs are your thing, you could be at the final event on Coney Island along with some veteran eating champions.

If you are up to a challenge, fill out an entry form and be proud knowing that you did your best.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff