Coney dog lovers will again see who can cut the mustard (and onions and chili) to become the top dog in the 8th Annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Challenge on Thurs., Aug. 30. The event includes the main event individual challenge where competitors will go dog-to-dog to see who can eat the most loaded coneys (hot dog, chili, onions, mustard and bun) in 10 minutes and a challenge heat between teams from the Detroit Police, Detroit Fire and Windsor Fire Departments.
Last year’s coney eating champion, Chris Dasbach of Troy, downed 11 1/8 coneys beating out the dozen other competitors. The coney eating record is held by retired three-time champion (2014, 2015, 2016) Matt Holowicki of Plymouth with 20 coneys in 2016.
This year’s “American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Champion” will receive a coney championship belt as well as prizes from a variety of local retailers, restaurants and other supporters, including one year of free meals at American Coney Island.
The event will bring some Detroit-style fun with local “celebrity judges” who will be allowed to give style points to competitors or take points away for excess coney debris left on plates. Proceeds from the event’s registration fees, portion of the day’s sales and donations will benefit Detroit Police Fund and Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund.
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