Do you have a big belly and want to put it to good use? Have no gag reflex and are looking to acquire a new skill? Can you put away more food than all of your friends combined and still have room for a few desserts?
Then do we have an event for you: The 3rd Annual Houston Hot Dog Eating Championship, taking place on July 10 at the Hot Dog Shop.
Rarely do competitive eating events feature anything other than hot dogs -- is it because the cylindrical dog slides so easily down one's throat? these are questions we honestly want to know the answers to -- and this one is no different. The day's activities kick off at 1 p.m. with a hula hoop contest at 2 p.m. (work up an appetite!) and the big bang coming at 3 p.m. with the hot dog eating contest. A watermelon eating contest is being held for the kids afterward, if you want to start training them early for a lifetime of overindulgence.
First place snags a cool $250, which should cover the cost of all the antacids you'll need afterwards, while second place wins $50. Entry in the contest is $25 and all proceeds from entry fees, the bake sale and the silent auction will go to benefit the North West Lions Club.
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To enter the contest (and the glamorous world of competitive eating), sign up at the Hot Dog Shop at 6405 Brittmoore or call 713-937-8039. Entries will be accepted up to the day of the contest.