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Description: EL AL Israel Airlines will host its second annual National Hamantaschen Eating Championship in celebration of Purim on Sunday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. Non-professional “eaters” interested in participating can sign-up today through February 19th on the EL AL USA Facebook page (ELALIsraelAirlinesUSA). The 10 finalists, who will be chosen at random, will be notified on February 20th and must be available to take part in the eating contest on February 24th. During the festive event, run by All Pro Eating, the world’s only recognized independent competitive eating organization, participants will battle it out as they devour as many hamantaschen (triangle-shaped pastries) as possible in five minutes for the chance to win a free flight to Tel Aviv. To spice up the competition, All Pro Eating will bring in their #1 ranked Independent Competitive Eater in the world, Jamie “The Bear” McDonald to try and beat last year’s record set by Will “The Champ” Millender, who ate 25 hamantaschen in five minutes. Jamie “The Bear” is a sensation in the world of pro-eating and is coming off a streak of un-defeats having won 65 eating championships last year. Non-pros will need to beat last year’s record set by Rob “The Hebrew Hammer” Wizenberg, who devoured 14 hamantaschen in five minutes. Participants will compete for the grand prize of a round-trip flight to Tel Aviv from NYC or LA. If the first place winner “beats the pro,” he or she will win a second roundtrip ticket to Israel. Second and third place winners will receive vouchers for $500 and $250 respectively.