Ohio woman devours 69 doughnuts in 8 minutes

SANDUSKY — Twenty doughnut lovers competed Saturday afternoon to see who could consume the most fried-dough rings. It took place at Bait House Brewery on Meigs Street in Sandusky.

Participants in the Sandusky Donut Eating Contest had eight minutes to eat as many pastries as possible.

The first-place trophy and $1,000 cash prize were captured by professional eater Molly Schuyler, who devoured 69 donuts before time expired.

In the process, she achieved a new world record.

Schuyler smashed Joey Chestnut’s 2017 record of 55 glazed donuts eaten in eight minutes. Chestnut is a competitive eater who has won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 14 times.

The contest benefits Ability Works. The event is new this year: It evolved from the 0.5K event in 2019. In the 0.5K, no running was allowed on the 500-meter course, which had doughnut and beer stations for entrants.

Two other professionals secured second and third places: Dan “Killer” Kennedy and Nathan “Tater” Klein. The amateur who consumed the most doughnuts was David Weisz with 20 pastries consumed in the eight minutes. Christian Stalter was the second-best amateur with 19 doughnuts eaten.

Two Sandusky police officers, Troy Dillinger and Bronson Lillo, managed just six donuts each in the eight-minute competition.

For more than 45 years, Ability Works has been working to find ways so that people with disabilities can participate in everyday activities and all aspects of the community. Among the services it provides:homemaker-personal care, career planning, non-medical transportation and the new Clark Family Sensory Space.