One week later on July 12, those same competitors will be in Corinth vying for over $3,000 in cash prizes at the 3rd Annual World Slugburger Eating Championship.
Corinth Main Street Director Taylor Coombs was invited to the MLE Nathan’s World Famous Hog Dog Eating Contest to watch the competition and hand out info on the 27th Annual Slugburger Festival.
“This has been the greatest experience. Nathan’s definitely knows how to put on a show,” said Coombs, via phone from the Big Apple on Saturday. “Sam Barclay, who will emcee our event and emceed the Nathan’s event, really showed us great hospitality.”
Coombs made her way around New York City wearing her lime green Slugburger Festival tee shirt.
“I had a ton of people asking about the Slugburger Festival,” the director said. “I was also able to talk to several news media about next weekend’s Slugburger Eating Contest.”
On Friday morning, Coombs attended the filming of NBC’s The Today Show where she held a handmade sign that said, “Slugburger Festival: Joey Chestnut’s next stop.”
Known as “Jaws” on the competitive eating circuit, Chestnut packed away 61 hot dogs on Friday to capture his eighth consecutive Nathan’s title.
Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, who won last year’s Slugburger Eating contest, placed second in New York.
“Joey and Matt are both very excited about coming back to Corinth,” said Coombs. “Joey actually told me he is very nervous about our contest. I think it will come down to the wire again this year for those two.”
Chestnutt and Stonie will be joined by eight other competitors on July 11 when the Slugburger Eating Championship gets underway at the C.A.R.E. Garden at 4 p.m.
Other competitors include Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez from Las Vegas, Alex “Moose” Perez from Dallas, Texas, Steve and Dee Martin from Roopville, Ga., Ronnie “The Real American” Hartman from Ft. Stewart, Ga., Matthew Raible from Peoria, Ill., “Nasty” Nate Biller from McKinney, Texas and Chad Cole.
Coombs, also known as “The Boss,” will join the professionals in the competition for her second year in a row. Coombs ate three and half pickle, mustard and onion dressed slugburgers in the 2013 contest.
“Joey gave me some coaching Friday night,” Coombs said. “He assured me he was going to tell me a secret that will help me eat at least five slugs during the contest.”
Last year more than 1,000 people witnessed Stonie down 31 slugburgers – provided by Borroum’s Drug Store – in 10 minutes to win the event.
“The whole competitive eating world is huge and fascinating,” said Coombs. “I’m so happy we are a part of the circuit and the first one after Nathan’s, which is like the Super Bowl of eating.”
The director recommends those attending the Slugburger Eating Contest to arrival early.
“The contest begins at 4 p.m., but folks should get there at least 30 minutes early for a good viewing spot,” she said.
Admission is free.
(For more information, contact Coombs at 662-287-1550 or visit slugburgerfestival.com.)