Thursday, August 16th

For the Hangartners, pie-eating competition is a family affair. Wilhelmina (age 5), Icean (9) and Kellee (12) all took the stage Thursday to enter the annual pie-eating contest held at the Jackson County Fair.

Contestants ranging age from three years old to adult took shifts downing chocolate/whipped cream pies. The winners received free milk shakes and "bragging rights," said contest organizer and master of ceremonies Leonard Olson.

"Some of them are up there on a dare, and some of them are just willing to give it a whirl," Olson said.

The Hangartner family of Melrose earned the most bragging rights. Icean and Kellee won their age groups.

For Icean, winning was an accomplishment because he's not a huge fan of chocolate. He said, "I kind of like chocolate," but doesn't care for chocolate chips.

"All I did was start eating the big chunks first," he said.