Cheese Coney Eating Contest

Cheese Coney Eating Contest, originally uploaded by hjoew.

Stopped down to Fountain Square around noon today to witness the cheese coney eating contest. It was a hoot.

As the contestants were taking the stage today, Fountain Square Managing Director Bill Donabedian asked each one why they were participating. The number one answer? Free lunch.

Wish I had thought of that. The winner ate 7 and a fraction coneys to claim the title of best coney eater in Cincinnati.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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