In Times Square, local boy wins putrid prize

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 13:53
  • Eagle River resident Connor Slocombe, 12, poses with contestants and judges of the 2017 Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square, March 28, 2017. Slocombe earned his spot in the national competition after winning the rotten sneaker contest at the 2016 Bear Paw Festival. (Courtesy photo)
  • Eagle River resident Connor Slocombe, 12, winner of the 2017 Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, with runner up Shannon Winckler, 9 at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square, March 28, 2017. Slocombe earned his spot in the national competition after winning the rotten sneaker contest at the 2016 Bear Paw Festival. (Courtesy photo)

An Eagle River 12-year-old is the latest inductee into the Odor-Eaters’ Hall of Fumes.

Connor Slocombe claimed first prize in the company’s national 2017 Rotten Sneaker Contest, outstinking a half-dozen other elementary school students at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square on Tuesday, according to statement sent on behalf of the New York tourist attraction.

To earn a spot in the national competition, Slocombe won top honors in the 2016 Bear Paw Festival’s Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest. His secret to victory in this year’s national competition involved a special Alaska twist – fish guts with a side of animal poop, according to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square.

The rotten sneaker contest, a promotion for a line of foot odor products, has been crowning champions for more than 40 years. A panel of judges chose this year’s winner based on stench, the overall state of the sneakers and contestants’ own description of their smell. Slocombe has made three previous attempts at the crown, according to a Reuters report.

In a press release, the Eagle River outdoor enthusiast describes wearing his sneakers while helping his aunt on her chicken farm, fishing and camping.

Besides claiming his place of honor among past stinky shoe champions, Slocombe won $2,500, a two-night stay in New York City to see the hit show “Aladdin” and a year’s supply of Odor-Eaters products.

Contact Chugiak-Eagle River Star reporter Kirsten Swann at kirsten.swann@alaskastar.com

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