Lexington Sheriff Jay Koon Wins 3rd Annual Boiling Peanut Eating Contest

Posted 10/12/22

The “Golden Peanut” will now reside in Lexington County for one year.

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Lexington Sheriff Jay Koon Wins 3rd Annual Boiling Peanut Eating Contest

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The “Golden Peanut” will now reside in Lexington County for one year.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon was crowned this year’s Boiled Peanut Eating champion Oct. 12 at the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia. He beat out five other competitors by taking down 45 shelled boiled peanuts.

Koon outdistanced runner-up WOLO TV Columbia Morning Co-Host and Weather Anchor Tyler Ryan of WOLO TV with 32, followed by WIS TV Sports Director Rick Henry with 28. This marked the second straight year a member of law enforcement has won the event, sponsored by the Lexington County Blowfish.

“Well, when the chips are down, you got to pack them in and that's what we had to do to win the contest,” Koon said.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was last year’s champion and served as a supervisor this year. The inaugural winner, radio personality Jonathan Rush, also took park in the contest.

“In Lexington County. we've been eating boiled peanuts all our lives,” Koon said. “So today, the Lexington County Blowfish served up Lexington County peanuts and the trophy is coming home to Lexington County.”

Thomas Grant Jr. | Chronicle
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