It was a fierce competition at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival that included two local football coaches who couldn't come close to the 19 pounds, 6 ounces gobbled down in a mere 8 minutes by the pride of Vallejo, California: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut.

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Joey fell short of the record of 20 pounds, 13 ounces held by his nemesis, Matt Stonie, but he's sure it's not out of reach.

"I know I have room for more," Chestnut says, "I started off a little bit slow, and it took a little while to find my rhythym, but I was able pull enough and eat enough to win, and I'm happy as heck."  

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Joey says part of what makes him so happy is getting the win so close to home at a festival he enjoys. He's also very complimentary of the pies made by Mariel Black and her crew at Sinful Treats, which he describes simply as "delicious".  

It took a week to make the 65 pies at 2 pounds a piece, most of which were gone in minutes.

The other big winner at this year's festival is Russ Pugh of Santa Rosa, whose giant pumpkin weighs in at a whopping 1,944 and a half pounds.