Nampa Farmers Market hosts a hot pepper eating contest

Posted at 4:28 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 22:18:57-04

NAMPA, Idaho — The Nampa Farmers Market has been around for more than 30 years, but this year they decided to spice things up in a major way.

14 contestants competed in a hot pepper eating contest that you have to see to believe.

The competition started with jalapenos, then moved onto the habanero, the ghost pepper and culminated with the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina reaper.

"It's ranked at 2.2 million Scoville units and just to put that into perspective, pepper spray is 2 million and a jalapeno is 10,000 Scoville units," said Bob Wagner the president of the board for the Nampa Farmers Market.

The vendors at the Nampa Farmers market came together to create a $250 prize for the winner that also came with a bottle of Tums.

The contest is something they look forward to having again next year.