By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, who has won Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest a record seven consecutive years, will be trying slugburgers for the first time at this weekend’s Main Street Corinth Slugburger Festival.
Chestnut ate a record 69 hot dogs in last week’s annual contest in New York.
Major League Eating, which sponsors the Nathan’s contest and other eating competitions, is sponsoring the World Slugburger Eating Competition for the second year in a row. The free event starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Chestnut also is the world’s No. 1 eater.
Among his competition is Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, who was second behind Chestnut at the Nathan’s contest with 51 hot dogs. Stonie was last year’s World Slugburger Eating champion, downing 30 slugburgers in 10 minutes.
Main Street Corinth Executive Director Taylor Coombs also has added her name to the list of contestants.
The winner gets $1,500.
Coombs said she’s excited about the prospect of competing against the world eating champion, although she’d never even thought about entering an eating contest before.
Besides the slugburger eating contest, family fun and entertainment come in other forms this week during the Slugburger Festival.
“We put together a schedule that includes something for everyone to enjoy,” Coombs said.
Gates open each evening at 6 p.m., with tickets $5 on Thursday, $6 on Friday and $8 on Saturday for stage performances. Carnival rides are open nightly until 11 p.m. and open at 11 a.m. Saturday, with armbands $15.
An increasingly popular Slug Idol contest features local talents competing today, with the top three performers opening Friday night’s entertainment schedule and competing to be named the next “Slug Idol,” as well as cash prizes.
Featured performers include: tonight, 1st Degree; Friday night, Matt Hoggatt & the Double D Connection and Midtown Violets; and Saturday night, Primal Heart and Mustache the Band.