Hot-Dog-Eating Contests in Brooklyn, Coconut Grove: The Pros and the Joes
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Coconut Grove's fourth annual hot-dog-eating contest was as exciting as the one in Brooklyn.|
The other was a little closer to home. The fourth annual Coconut Grove Hot Dog Eating Contest, held in CocoWalk's courtyard, saw five local eaters battling for the title and $1,000 worth of prizes from local merchants. Though it wasn't televised, the few hundred spectators who cheered on the contestants had a great time.
Both contests had the same simple rules. The contestant who eats the most hot dogs and buns in ten minutes wins. There's a five-second dunking rule (dunking the buns in water makes them easier to eat), and a "reversal of fortune" is an automatic disqualification (and, yes, "reversal of fortune" is exactly what you think it is). Unfinished dogs or buns are not counted in the final tally.
The Grove contest began at 5 p.m. sharp on one of the hottest days of the year. As the contestants walked onstage, we chatted with a few of them.