Hot dog eating contest set for Saturday, June 30, Smokin' Aces fundraiser

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJune 27, 2012 

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Smokin' Aces fundraiser, featuring a hot dog eating contest, cornhole tournament, raffle and more

    When: Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. -- cornhole tournament starts at noon, hot dog eating contest starts at 4 p.m.

    Where: Spicoli's, 5762 Milgen Road, Columbus

    Cost: Free to attend, $35 to enter hot dog eating contest, $25 per person and $50 per two-person team for cornhole tournament

    Reminder: Open to guests 18 and older

Bobby Brown usually specializes in softball, but this weekend he'll coach you on competitive eating.

"Pace yourself and just come hungry and try to fill up," he said.

Yes, there's a link between softball and gluttony.

Brown is a player/coach for Smokin' Aces, a men's softball team from the Columbus/Phenix City area. The team mainly plays in charity tournaments, games where proceeds go to a good cause.

Participating in those tournaments requires money. Smokin' Aces on Saturday will have a fundraiser at Columbus hot spot Spicoli's. The event is open to guests 18 and older and will include a cornhole tournament, a raffle and, of course, a hot dog eating contest.

The cornhole tournament costs $25 per person to enter, or $50 per two-person team. The grand prize is 20 percent of the total pot of entry money. There's also a prize for second place. The remaining money will go toward the softball team.

The raffle drawing will include prizes like a jersey signed by the Columbus Cottonmouths, a football signed by players from the national championship Auburn team and more.

Can't stop thinking about competitive eating?

The hot dog eating contest costs $35 to enter. The winner will get $300. You can sign up at the event. To enter in advance, call 706-580-5194.

Last year's winner ate 11 hot dogs in 10 minutes. This year's contest will also have a 10-minute limit.

Among Saturday's competitive eaters: Brad Prefontaine, assistant Columbus Cottonmouths coach. A player from the Columbus Lions indoor football team will also participate. Let the grudge match begin.

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