Picks and Pans Review: The Contest Book

UPDATED 10/22/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/22/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Ken Dollar, Ruth Reichl and Susan Subtle

Americans like nothing better than entering a contest. This directory, compiled by three free-lance journalists, does not include mere 25-words-or-less competition nor will it reveal how to get on Let's Make a Deal. But it lists, among 300 or so entries, the Miss Vacant Lot pageant in Victoria, Texas (every August), the Frog Eating Contest in Rayne, La. (September) and the International Stone Skipping Tournament on Mackinac Island, Mich. (July 4). Poets may prefer the National Condom Couplet Contest run by the Population Institute of San Francisco. Last year's winner was "From using condoms you will learn/No deposit means no return." This book will confirm suspicions that California and Texas are not only states of mind but such without a lot to occupy them. More contests occur in those two places than anywhere else. (Harmony Books, $7.95)

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