Butler County Times Gazette
  • 'Hot dog champion' back to defend his title

  • Andover native Steve Wilscam thinks he eat into double-digit franks at this Saturday's five-minute contest during Greater Andover Days.

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  • Steve Wilscam won the inaugural Greater Andover Days hot dog eating contest a year ago, and says there’s no way he’s missing the chance to defend his title.

    Wilscam, a 31-year general contractor from Andover, said he got out last year’s first-place trophy last week and displayed it in his living room.

    “Pretty much everybody around here knows I’m the hot dog eating champion,” Wilscam said. “And everyone’s been asking me if I’m going to do it again. I wouldn’t miss it, man.”

    Wilscam said he’s going to try to convince some of his friends to enter the contest this year. A woman named Brooke Gluznek has started a Facebook page about the event, which is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in Andover Central Park.

    The KSCW Crew will again be out to emcee the contest. The cost is $7, which includes a t-shirt. The top three placers receive a gift package from Vic’s Corn Popper. The top two placers also receive gift packages from Treescapes. The winner also receives a trophy.

    Farmland is donating the hot dogs for the event, and Sonic is providing buns, ketchup and mustard.

    Those interested in signing up may do so through the city’s website at www.andoverks.com.

    Wilscam won last year’s event by eating 9½ hot dogs in five minutes.

    “I’m thinking I can do 12 this year,” he said. “The other contestants had better bring it.”

    Wilscam shared some of his strategies to win last year …

    * "I practice all year,” he said. “By that, I mean I just normally tend to eat a lot and it stretches my stomach.”

    * Yes, he ate breakfast that morning – two “long john” donuts and chocolate milk. “You don’t want your stomach shrinking up that day,” he said.

    * Since contestants must also eat the bun, he made it easier by dipping it in water.

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