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A.J. Zieleniewski, 6, digs in. photo by Brad Lindberg.

July 03, 2014
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — With all the remnants of cherry pie caked on Andrew Kolojeski's face, it's a wonder he swallowed enough to win the pie eating contest during this year's regatta.

Kolojeski, 9, beat nearly 40 competitors, ages 12 and younger, chomping at the bit Saturday, June 28, at Pier Park.


He has "no idea" how he got so good at eating pie, he said.

"He's a good eater," said his father, Tom Kolojeski. "When you put pie in front of him, it makes it even better for him."

The contest was among many during the three-day regatta, presented by the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.

Bob Malicki, a boat club member and Farms park employee, managed the pie eating contest.

"We have a great time doing this," he said.

The rules were simple.

"As fast as you can, swallow it all," Malicki told children.

They fidgeted in seats on both sides of four picnic tables lined end-to-end in the park pavilion.

"You can't touch the pie with your hands," Malicki instructed. "The first person to eat and swallow will be the winner — GO."

"Eat your pie, dude," a parent cheered.

"No hands, bud," said another.

"You're getting close."

Bella Dodson, 6, didn't win, partly because it takes longer to chew when missing a front tooth.

Her favorite dessert is cherry pie, she said.

"She loves to eat," said her mother, Kendra Dodson. "It was her priority for today's event."

A.J. Zieleniewski, 6, got his fill, somewhat for energy to play catcher on the Dirt Bags travel baseball team.

His favorite dessert is chocolate pie, he said, adding that his mother, Elizabeth Zieleniewski, bakes it better than anyone.


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