2020 Stripes® Media/Celebrity Jalapeño Eating Challenge Winners

2020 Stripes® Media/Celebrity Jalapeño Eating Challenge Winners

LAREDO, TX – A total of 14 participants went head-to-head in the Stripes® Media/Celebrity Jalapeño Eating Challenge in South Texas on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Stripes® Convenience Store located on Jacaman Rd.

Participants included Radio Personalities: Gilberto J. Cardenas “Stickerman” (Guerra Communications), Jocy Zamora (Z93/Guerra Communications), Fernando “El Tigre” Castillo (Z93/Guerra Communications), Victor “Chacho” Sosa (Z93/Guerra Communications), Arely A. Zavala (Z93/Guerra Communications), Nathaniel Barrientos (Z93/Guerra Communications), Ivan “Vanish” Morales (R Communications/HOT 106.1), Ricardo “DJ Ricky Rick” (R Communications/Digital 94.9), Sammy the House (107.3), Graciela “Chelys” Moreno (La Raza), Ulises DJ Wacho (El Raza) Raul Borrego (La Raza), TV Personality Alma Ferrara (Univision) and Jorge Vela (Laredo Morning Times).

Jerry “El Papi Chulo” Rodriguez from Z93/Guerra Communications served as the official timekeeper for the Stripes® Media/Celebrity Jalapeño Eating Challenge where local celebrities had only 5 minutes to attempt to eat as many jalapeños as possible.  Pepe Jalapeño and Stripes mascots were on-site to cheer on the contestants as they tackled the eye-watering task.

After 5 excruciating minutes, Z93’s Nathaniel Barrientos came out in first place, taking home the Grand Champion trophy after eating 46 jalapeños! Jocy Zamora from Z93 came came in second with 21 jalapeños and Jorge Vela from Laredo Morning Times placed third with 20 jalapeños.

The winners took home tickets to the WBCA Jalapeño Festival. All participants received Stripes swag goodie bags.

Stripes, once again proudly hosted the event for the 14th year. “Stripes is always looking forward to a great turn out at the Stripes Jalapeño Media Challenge. We are excited to participate in the Jalapeño Festival’s 42nd Anniversary by sponsoring the El Grito Contest brought to you by Laredo Taco Company®.” stated Piper Scott, Public Relations at Stripes® Convenience Stores.

The Stripes® El Grito Contest is scheduled for Friday, February 21 at 10:00 pm. To register visit jalapenofest.org.

The WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña, which will be held at the El Metro Park and Ride on Hillside Road, attracts approximately 25,000 thousand people over a two-day period and is proudly sponsored La Costeña. Additional event sponsors include Stripes®, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Lite, South Texas Ford Dealers, The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, Whataburger and Valley Day & Night Clinic. In-Kind Sponsors: Guerra Communications/Z93 and Taco Palenque. For more information visit jalapenofest.org.