Organizers of Flandreau’s annual Hot Dog Day is hoping to add a new tradition to the event.
This year, people can sign up for competitive hot dog eating and the winner must hold the food down for 90 seconds in order to claim the honor. For those who can’t, a puke bucket will be provided.
Hot Dog Day to be held Friday, July 13 and sponsored by Ramsdell F&M, offers anyone a free hotdog from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West End Plaza. Those who want to compete in the hot dog eating contest must be at least 13 and can sign up at noon for the 12:15 p.m. event.
“Someone suggested last year that we should do it,” said Kari Burggraff with Ramsdells. “We thought it was a great idea.” If it works out, the contest could continue again next year but could include categories such as youth, women and men, she said.
Organizers looked up ideas for rules on the internet and chose which to enforce locally. The winner receives a Pelican cooler.
The contest will take five minutes, and contestants will be given two glasses of water to help get the hot dogs with buns down. If there is a tie, there will be a two-minute overtime.
Puking… is a disqualifier.