CROWN POINT — Sometimes you have to enter a pie-eating contest because your name rhymes with pie, as in the case of Clayton Frey.
"Dr. Frey loves pie" was the chant from family members as the Crown Point chiropractor attempted to eat as much of an approximately 5 pound apple pie as he could in 10 minutes.
Contestants couldn't use their hands to feed themselves but had support from cheering family and friends as well as a couple of bottles of water and paper towels to assist them.
Frey didn't win the adult competition of the annual Lake County Fair pie-eating contest on Thursday, but he still can take satisfaction that when he was a little kid he won a watermelon-eating contest.
"Apple pie is pretty good stuff," Frey said.
The key to winning, Frey said, involved shoving as much of it down your throat, which apparently was heeded by Ryan Zimmer, of Cedar Lake, who won the contest. Finishing in second was Keith Simmons, of Lynwood.
Only one contestant actually finished eating his pie in the challenge (the rest were decided by who ate the most - whatever left was weighed) and that was Isaiah Martin, 14, of Valparaiso, who took first place in the youth category. For that showdown, smaller, blueberry-flavored pies were used.
Martin's key to winning was also shoveling as much pie down his throat as possible.
"I'm about ready to puke," Martin said.
Finishing second in the youth challenge was Gared McKinney, 13, of St. John.
Although she didn't win the contest, Josie Laub, 8, of Lowell, enjoyed a face full of pie and said it felt good.
"I was hungry," she said.
Her mother, Heidi Laub, said Josie joined because she's competitive and thought it would be fun. And she likes pie.
"It's so funny. I'm crying because she's so little," she said.