Annual hot dog tasting competition raises funds for mental health

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MARIETTA, Ohio. (WTAP) – The Locker Room Sports Bar hosted its 14th annual Hot Dog Tasting Championship on Sunday.

WTAP obtained an exclusive interview with the competitors.

The rules were simple. Snack as many hot dogs as you can in 10 minutes. No condiments. And – you have to keep it low – at least for a minute after you’re done.

At the table were Reed Byers also known as The People’s Choice, Charlie Rose AKA Chuck Diesel, and last but not least, now five-time defending champion Jimbo Slice, who broke his personal best on Sunday.

“I think my record was 13 and I did 16 today,” Slice said.

Byers said the secret is … “Probably a lot of prayers.”

And Slice gave us an overview of his strategy.

“I mean just dip your hot dog in the water, wet the bun, bring it down a lot easier, keep bouncing, that brings the food down,” he said.

While these competitors may seem like hot dog enthusiasts, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Byers said, “I didn’t like hot dogs in the first place. Hope I find a better way to fundraise next year this time around.

Byers came to the table with a mission – to raise funds for Givemore Connections – a local non-profit mental health organization. With the help of sponsors, he was able to raise $ 1,000.

“It’s amazing. You know, a year ago, I would never have been able to confidently tell you that so many people would support me in the things I do, so I’m very grateful for that. The Mid-Ohio Valley is truly a wonderful place, ”said Byers.

Whether they came for the cause or the glory, one thing is for sure … these three can throw hot dogs.

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