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Spicy fun for all ages at North Bend Block Party | Slideshow
Nine people hungry for adventure—“Brave souls, every one,” remarked emcee Kyle Twede—lined up to test their taste buds Saturday evening, July 14.
The scene was the Twede’s Cafe Walk of Fire wing eating contest at the Bendigo stage, part of the day’s big slate of activities for North Bend’s third annual Block Party, which, as usual, did not disappoint. The bold eaters, McKinley Cook, Min Ji, Mike and Lizzie Teague, Jeff Jones, Chris Littlejohn, Chris Hammond, Phil Lacefield Jr., and Logan Hernandez munched chicken wings doused with pepper sauce that ranged from 47 times hotter than Tabasco sauce to 4,700 times.
Sweating, with tongues hanging out, grimacing and hollering, eight of the group survived the challenge, cheered on by the crowd. Lizzie Teague bowed out after wing two, soothing her taste buds with ice cream as the rest forged on.
“I can’t feel my tongue!” exclaimed Ji after wing three, slathered in Ghost Pepper sauce.
Rewarded with ice cream afterwards, Littlejohn said the sweet treat "feels like money." Despite the spice, she'd do it all again for bragging rights.
The North Bend Block Party pleased many downtown with live music, dance, an artist showcase, petting zoo, children's activities and vendor booths.
Mount Si Cheerleader Amanda Antoch donned a duck costume and flapped around the the party as a fundraiser for Camp Eyabsut, a summer camp for burn victims.
“I did a backhand spring to get donations. After a football player bought five raffles, I did the dunk tank, which was actually good because I was warm,” the freshman said.
It’s great, it gets really hot, but its for a good cause,” added Johanna Cranford, a Mount Si sophomore. "I did toe touches for donations.”
Overheard at the Block Party:
“I like the block party, because not only can people from North Bend come together, but so can their pets!”
“I really liked (the martial arts), I won a week pass.”
Halley Bratton, 8
“I like the bouncy (toys) and music”
Logan, age 3
“We’re having a great time, kids are having a great time whacking the golf ball and can win a free frisbee”
Donna Johnston, Encompass
“We had the idea [to start a lemonade stand] because we have a family friend who works at the Foodbank and we wanted to help”
Olivia Huschle and Jessica Volbrecht, age 12