published Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Ringgold, Ga., couple wins Waffle House fan contest

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    Johnny Maxwell, left, talks with Rosamond Slocum, right, and Bill Elliott as he drinks coffee Wednesday at the Waffle House in Ringgold, Ga., something he does every afternoon. Maxwell and his wife are among three finalists in a nationwide contest to be named the No. 1 Fan of Waffle House, decided by online voting that ends Monday.
    Photo by John Rawlston

A Ringgold, Ga., couple won the Waffle House Fan Photo contest, which means the restaurant chain's food truck will come in the first week of September during National Waffle Week to serve up waffles and hash browns for 100 people.

Johnny and "Maxie" Maxwell, who in years past ate three meals a day at the iconic Southern chain restaurant and amassed a collection of Waffle House memorabilia, got 958 votes on the Facebook page for the Waffle House contest, almost three times as many votes as their nearest competitor.

"They are the winners," Waffle House spokeswoman Kelly Thrasher said. "They definitely had the most votes."

Thrasher said the Maxwells hadn't yet worked out exactly when in September they want the Waffle House truck to come.

"I think it's great," Maxie Maxwell said Tuesday afternoon. "I think it's just wonderful."

The couple and some relatives stayed up until midnight Monday and watched the tally on the Facebook page to see if they'd win, she said.

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