There’s nothing like grilling hot dogs while enjoying the sunny spring weather on a Friday afternoon; 260 hot dogs to be exact.
Friday was Delta Chi’s “Top Dog” hot dog eating contest to raise money for the Jimmy V. Cancer Research foundation. About 100 people were at the His House Men’s Ministry House, 1028 S. Main St. to participate and watch the event which raised about $300.
“I’m just doing it because it’s a super good cause,” said Joel Putnam. “It’s really not for me because I hate hot dogs.”
The Warren senior, who is also a member of Delta Chi, said he wanted to give a special thanks to His House.
Matt Reardon was in charge of this year’s event.
“His House (Christian Fellowship) donated all the buns, hot dogs and the venue,” said the Saginaw sophomore.
This was the third year of the contest since Jeff Wegner came up with the idea when he was the philanthropy chair for Delta Chi.
“I just wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before,” said the Saginaw Senior. “Hot dogs are easy and accessible.
Though he was not in charge of this year’s event, Wegner said he’s pretty excited it’s still going on.
“Nice to see people are still interested in smashing some hot dogs,” he said.
Reardon said there were two contests.
“The first is a team contest where a team of six had to finish 24 hot dogs as fast as possible. The second is an individual contest where a person had to eat as many hot dogs as they could in 5 minutes,” he said.
Eight teams competed in total. It took the winning group, “Team Lazzy” two minutes to down 24 hot dogs. The team consisted of six students who all live in Lazelere Hall.
“Our strategy was to break the hot dogs in half and dip the buns in water,” said Jason Clemments, a Chicago freshman. “To prepare we watched videos of (Takeru) Kobayashi.”
There were four contestants who participated in the individual contest. A total of nine hot dogs were finished by Livonia junior Grant Morgan who won the individual contest. Morgan had also just finished competing in the team contest, which brought his grand total for hot dogs eaten that day to 15.
“I’m kind of full,” he said. “You know I wish we had more time, I wanted to eat more.”