Aurelio's Pizza

A pizza eating contest comes to Aurelio's this week.

The Times

A retired professional eater and some of the world's best lumberjacks are going to battle over who can wolf down the most pizza Thursday at Aurelio's Pizza in Homewood.

Three-time Stihl Timbersports U.S. Champion Matt Cogar, 2015 runner-up Jason Lentz, 2015 third-place finisher Nathan Waterfield and former No. 2 ranked professional eater Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti will appear from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Aurelio’s Pizza, 18162 Harwood Ave.

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They'll engage in pizza-eating and pizza-making contests to help stoke interest in the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Championship, which is coming July 15 and 16 to the Tinley Park Convention Center. Some of the top lumberjacks will compete in axing, sawing and chopping competition in an extreme sports event that will be broadcast on the ABC network and rebroadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.

Tickets for the live event can be purchased at www.tinleyparkconventioncenter.net/stihltimbersports/.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.