Shrimp-eating contest raises $2,500 for MPD

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Two local organizations joined together Saturday, July 26 to eat hundreds of fried shrimp – and it was all for supporting local law enforcement.

Saturday afternoon at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Downtown Mobile, the Good People Brewing Company and Wintzell’s Oyster House hosted a shrimp-eating contest as a fundraiser for the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation.

Representatives from Good People Brewing Company, Wintzell’s Oyster House and the Mobile Police Department went head to head to see who could eat the most fried shrimp, as large crowds cheered them on.

The Wintzell’s and Good People also raised money online prior to the event, and all food and beverage profits made during the event were also donated to the foundation.

In total, the event raised some $2,500 for the foundation, according a spokesman with Good People Brewing Company.

Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department was one of the MPD reps to take part in fried feast competition.

She said she was thrilled when Wintzell’s and Good People first approached her about the fundraiser.

“So they reached out to us, and said hey we want to do a fundraiser, let’s get together, let’s get this going, and we were able to work with them to put this on, we’ve got a great crowd,” Rains told FOX10 Saturday.

Wintzell’s reps said they were happy to help out.

“They protect us every day of the week, and this is the smallest thing we can do for them,” said Hunter Omainsky with Wintzell’s.

This was the first time this event was held for the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation.

Organizers said they hope to make it an annual tradition through the years.

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