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Competitive hot-dog-eating tomorrow

Patrick Bertoletti at Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest

Patrick Bertoletti at Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest

Tomorrow (June 6) at 1:00 p.m. in Plymouth, 13 competitors will try to down as many hot dogs as possible in 10 minutes. They will participate in this pointless and disgusting exercise for the privilege of representing the Midwest in the famous Nathan's International Hot Dog-Eating Contest that takes place on Coney Island every year on the Fourth of July. Among the competitors tomorrow is heavyweight favorite Patrick Bertoletti, who is ranked second in the world with the International Federation of Competitive Eating. (Yes, there is such a thing). Bertoletti force-fed himself 38 hot dogs at the Coney Island event last year. The local event on Saturday takes place at the Cub Foods in Plymouth, and they're promising "activities for the entire family" beginning at 11:00 a.m., which include finger painting with ketchup and mustard, a bean bag toss, and Nathan's hot dogs and root beer floats.