The stakes are higher in this year’s Top Dog Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4.
Two monetary prizes totaling $200 will be presented, thanks to a new sponsor, Tony Jones Termite & Pest Control.
The contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Spring as part of the 5th annual American Downtown 4th of July celebration.
“This is the second year of our hot dog eating contest, and last year’s was a big hit,” said Amy Rose, organizer of the celebration. “We are extremely thankful to Tony Jones Termite & Pest Control for offering to sponsor this year’s contest and for the support of John Price, owner of the Top Dog Hot Dog Stand.”
First prize is $150, and second prize is $50.
To enter and obtain the official rules, please visit the Top Dog Hot Dog Stand at the corner of Summer and Irish streets or call (423) 620-8340.
Entry fee is $10, and deadline to enter is July 1. Competitors must be 18 years or older.
In addition to the Hot Dog Eating Contest, American Downtown kicks off with a Main Street parade at 2 p.m.; includes live music, dancing, a kids zone, outdoor movie food vendors; and ends with a huge fireworks show at Greeneville High School.
Admission to American Downtown is free.
Sponsors of American Downtown are: Main Stage sponsor Waste Industries; Gold Level sponsor Marsh Petroleum; Silver-Level sponsors: Andrew Johnson Bank, General Morgan Inn, Greeneville Federal Bank, Greeneville Light & Power System, Greeneville Oil & Petroleum, Meco Corporation, SumiRiko, TEVET and Capitol Theatre; and Bronze-Level sponsors: Consumer Credit Union, Food City, Heritage Community Bank, Ingles, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Summers-Taylor, Takoma Regional Hospital, and Wal-Mart Logistics, along with Computer Pros and Freedom Wireless, sponsor of the Food Court. The Kids Zone is sponsored by Sleep Solutions, and the outdoor movie is sponsored by GreeneLawn Memory Gardens.