We had an amazing time at our second ever Heinkel's Hot Dog Eating Contest at the 2013 Decatur Celebration. Congratulations to Chicago's Frank "The Tank" Wach, who won the challenge by eating 17 hot dogs in 10 minutes!
We are really appreciative of all the media buzz surrounding our special "Mystery Guest" for our celebrity portion of the contest. We would like to send a special thanks and shout out to Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertolletti for joining us and getting the crowd all fired up to watch him devour an amazing 40 Heinkel's hot dogs in just 10 minutes! (For those doing the math, that is 1 hot dog every 15 seconds!)
We are proud to be part of such a supportive and fun community, and thank each and every one of our Heinkel's fans who came out to watch this spectacular event, as well as all those behind the scenes who made it possible. Lori Sturgill and her amazing Celebration team, the fine folks at Curly's Sports Bar, our MC/Host Aric Lee, our celebrity and amateur competitors, our friends at Neuhoff Media, Cromwell Radio Group, Herald & Review, and WANDTV.
For more about this year's event, check out these great stories from the Herald & Review:
Hot Dog! A Surprise! By TIM CAIN - H&R Entertainment Editor
Hot Diggity Dog, Celebration Notes from Saturday By JIM VOREL - H&R Staff Writer
Patrick Bertoletti, Hot Dog Mercenary By JIM VOREL - H&R Staff Writer