Island Park, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with local fire department officials today to announce a benefit to raise funds for South Shore firehouses that sustained damages from Superstorm Sandy.
The Annual Long Island Clam Eating Contest, taking place this Sunday at Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park, will benefit Firehouses from Island Park, Oceanside, Long Beach, Lakeview, Baldwin, Point Lookout and East Rockaway.
In Part 1 of the contest, firefighters from those South Shore communities will chow down on hundreds of clams to compete for cash prizes for their firehouses. Joining Mangano at the announcement were: Hempstead Town Councilman and former Island Park Fire Chief Anthony D’Esposito; Peter’s Clam Bar Owner Butch Yamali and Nassau Fire Chief Association Board Member and Freeport Chief, Ray McGuire.
On Sunday, International food-eating champion, Ed “Cookie” Jarvis, who holds several world records and the American record for eating 30 half hot dogs in 10 minutes, will coach the fire fighters in the clam eating contest. The current World Record for clam eating is 26 dozen Cherrystone Clams in six minutes, set at Peter’s Clam Bar in 2010. Second and third place finishers will also receive prizes for their firehouses.
In addition to the firehouse contest, there will be an open contest for the public which starts at 2:30 p.m.
“This is a great event to give back to the dedicated men and women of our fire service,” County Executive Mangano told those gathered at the Clam Bar today. “With only a few more weeks of summer left you can come on down support your local volunteer fire departments and have a great time.”
Mangano thanked Yamali for putting the event together and for giving back to the community.
LI’s history, culture and traditions are closely linked to clams. The first coastal inhabitants of New York called LI the “Island of Shells” in recognition of the vast numbers of clam, oyster and other shells deposited on its shore. According to the NY Seafood Council, in the 1970s more than half of the clams eaten in the nation were from LI. At their peak population, clams filtered 40% of the water within the bay and contributed over $100 million to the local economy. Peter’s Clam Bar has served the LI community for over 75 years.


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