I should point out at the beginning that the organizers of the ice cream eating contest claim it’s the world’s largest, but I don’t know who actually keeps track of such things. So, maybe it’s the largest, maybe it’s just really big. Anyway, the Mile Square Meltdown is coming to Hoboken (the Mile Square City) on Sun, June 12.

For the contest, every 20 minutes 10 contestants will engage in a “high-energy race to finish a pint or half-pint of ice cream. Times will be recorded and the winner announced at the end of day. Winner will receive the Coveted Golden Cone Trophy.”

Ticket sales will be donated to the Hoboken Family Alliance's annual summer food drive. Tickets are $6 in advance and $10 the day of, but registering in advance is highly recommended. You can register as a group to compete against family or friends, or just take your chances with some strangers. You can register here.


There will be specials rounds just for kids under 10.

New Jersey ice cream company Moo Jersey, along with the Main Street Pops and the Hoboken Family Alliance, will be hosting the first-ever Mile Square Meltdown. It’s more than just the eating contest, however, it’s a celebration of ice cream with free samples and a sundae bar.


It will take place at the Main Street Pops Market (Under Hoboken Viaduct @ 14th street) from 11-4. The winner of the “Golden Cone” will be announced at the end of the day.

The Hoboken Family Alliance is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit and is 100% volunteer.


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