Kennywood Embraces The Hot Dog Days Of Summer With Eating Contest
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – You might spend the Fourth of July leisurely eating grilled hamburgers or hot dogs, but a few people took it a step farther with a competitive eating contest.
The Silver Star Hot Dog Eating Contest to celebrate Kennywood’s America Days has become the right of the Fourth of July holiday.
It is to the Fourth what college football is to New Year’s Day, or the NFL is to Thanksgiving.
It came down to who could get down the most hot dogs in 10 minutes — and they came from all over.
Some preferred to dunk their dogs in water, others ate them just as fast as they could. Although it was tough for many to resist the urge to upchuck.
It was slightly dramatic at times as the participants sometimes had to stop, only to realize the battle wasn’t over and that there were more hot dogs to be eaten.
Eventually one winner emerged out of the 20 participants. Pete Maurizion of McKeesport was able to mussel down 23 dogs.
The second place finisher was able to put down 16 hot dogs and third place was able to make it to 15.