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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 21 2011

Chug-a-nog contest: Park Christian senior wins eggnog drinking top prize

MOORHEAD – Care to put a little excitement into your holiday gathering?

Chug a quart of eggnog in 19.14 seconds or less – without decking the halls, table or unlucky bystanders with Christmas cheer.

Andrew Nelson, an 18-year-old Park Christian School senior, set the unofficial Fargo-Moorhead 2011 mark Wednesday, winning the Moorhead school’s fourth annual Eggnog Chugging Contest.

“Christmas is here now!” Nelson declared after his win. “Even if we don’t

have snow.”

The school’s student body provided the countdown, yelling in unison: “Three. … Two …. One … Chuuuuuuuuuugggggggg!”

Nelson’s strategy? Don’t eat lunch, and “keep going.”

Bragging rights were up for grabs this year. Reigning champ Josiah Reiswig graduated, said Teresa Nickel, the school’s director of marketing.

Stephen Appel was the most confident of the four contestants before the chug-off.

“You have to want it,” the 18-year-old senior said.

“If you don’t want the eggnog to go down, you’re not going to win,” Appel said. “So it’s all about desire, it’s all about just having a burning intensity throughout the competition. Whatever it takes, I’m making that eggnog go down.”

Scott Schwandt, a 16-year-old sophomore, was hoping eggnog-chugging, rather than eggnog-hurling, was in his genes.

“My brother Tom did this two years ago and won,” Schwandt said. But then he added a caution: “I’ve never had eggnog in my life.”

The field was rounded out by Sydney Weber. The 15-year-old freshman was a wild card drafted by the cheers from classmates.

“It was a lot better tasting than I’ve heard,” she said, swallowing a couple of extra times after the event.

Appel didn’t lose the joy of the contest, or his taste for eggnog, despite the loss.

“I’m actually one of those people that really, really likes eggnog,” Appel said, finishing off the dregs of nog in one of the cartons left on the table. “I was hoping to have some left. Now I’ll have to buy some after school.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583