– Mesquite Police Det. Ryan Hughes, Det. Gus Garcia and officer Skyler Kent, and Mesquite Firefighters April LeBaron, Huk Todd and Logan Binggeli compete during the watermelon eating contest at the Casablanca Event tent Saturday. Photo by Therresa Worthington

A mix of Mesquite firefighters and police showed their competitive spirit Saturday during the Casablanca Rib Fest at the Casablanca Resort and Casino.

Mesquite Fire Department’s April LeBaron, Huk Todd, and Logan Binggeli took on Mesquite Police Department’s Det. Gus Garcia, Det. Ryan Hughes and Officer Skyler Vent in a no holds barred watermelon eating contest judged by American competitive eater Joey Chestnut.

Each participant attacked their slice of life with fervor, letting their opponents know that only their best will do, but the firefighters had a concentration and intensity surpassing the others. LeBaron specifically dug in and made sure she was perfection in getting to the bottom of the slice, whereas Det. Ryan Hughes jumped the gun a couple of times.

In the end the firefighters soaked the MPD and won the contest, cleaning their slices clear to the rind.

The watermelon eating contest was one of many Saturday — including one between Hughes Middle School principal Maurice Perkins and Virgin Valley Middle School principal Riley Frei – and contests for all ages.

Joey Chestnut also had a rib eating contest with VIPs.

The Rib Festival featured award-winning barbecue competition teams, including Chicago BBQ Company, Texas Outlaw BBQ and Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ, as well as a beer garden.

The Casablanca Resort and Casino has scheduled another event this weekend, the Super Run Car Show, which is set for Sept. 17 through 19. Car owners will be vying for a $15,000 in cash and drawings throughout the event and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite car.

More information can be found at https://casablancaresort.com/super-run/ or superrun.com.

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