BENTONVILLE, ARK. — People from all around the world enjoyed the 7th annual World Championship Squirrel Cookoff in Bentonville, Arkansas on Saturday (Sept. 8).
Joe Wilson started this event 7 years ago and he told 5News, it all started with a little lie.
”I kinda lied about a squirrel cookoff, and whenever they said they actually wanted to see it, we had to throw one together,” said Wilson.
That was 7 years ago, now people travel from across the nation to the annual World Championship Squirrel Cookoff.
Chef and cookbook author Hank Shaw judged the event for the first time. Contestants faced challenges like not knowing the age of the squirrel, “that has deep consequences in the kitchen, you have to be a better chef to stale that and make the dish very very tasty,” said Shaw.
The winner received a $1,000 cash prize and the World Championship Squirrel Cookoff trophy.
“They win a thousand bucks, plus they win a trophy, but none of that matters, they’re after the title, they want to be the world champion,” said Wilson.