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Hot dog eating champions repeat feat

The winners of the 2013 Booster Days adult hot dog eating contest hold up fingers to indicate how they placed. Ross Seiffert, front left, was first; Ron Bates, second; and Roger Neumann, third. They had their picture taken with representatives of R.J.'s Fresh Meats, the contest sponsor. In the second row, from left, are Brian Cochran, Anthony Reams, Joe Reams, Anne Reams and Rebecca Reams. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)1 / 5
Youth hot dog eating contest winners pose with their prize-money. From left are Quintin Bates, first place; Nikolas Kramer, second; and Alyssa Iverson, third. Contest announce Joel Foust is with the winners.2 / 5
Twenty-three contestants in the 10-minute adult event eat R.J.'s Fresh Meats hot dogs as fast as they can. North Hudson Pepper Fest Queen Maggie Weller, front left, and princesses Erin O'Brien, right of Weller, and Emily Vyrostek were among the competitors. Booster President Tom Smith, third back right, competed, too.3 / 5
Ross Seiffert of Oakdale, Minn., displays his championship eating form. Seiffert, a Hudson native, stood up while the rest of the adult competitors sat. He consumed 11.25 hot dogs, off his mark of 13 in 2012.4 / 5
Nikolas Kramer, left, and Quintin Bates, both of Hudson, eat their way to a second- and first-place finish, respectively, in the youth contest. Bates downed five hot dogs in five minutes, the same number he ate in last year's contest.5 / 5

The annual Booster Days hot dog eating contest had two repeat winners.

Ross Seiffert of Oakdale, Minn., wolfed down 11 and a quarter dogs in 10 minutes to win the adult contest Saturday afternoon in Lakefront Park.

Seiffert, originally from Hudson, said he had participated in another eating contest a couple of day earlier, and that affected his performance.

Last year, he downed 13 hot dogs in winning the Booster Days championship.

Seiffert was razzed by contest announcer Joel Foust for boasting on Facebook that he would eat 16 hot dogs this year.

Quintin Bates of Hudson maintained his title as the youth champion. He polished off five hot dogs in seven minutes, the same number that he consumed in winning the youth championship in 2012.

He also placed first in his age category in the Booster Days pedal tractor pull.

Quintin's father, Ron Bates of Hudson, won an eat-off with Roger Neumann of New Richmond for second prize in the adult contest.

Bates and Neumann had each eaten nine hot dogs at the end of the regulation 10 minutes. They were given one more dog to eat, with second place going to the man who finished it first.

Nikolas Kramer of Hudson placed second the youth contest and Alyssa Iverson of Hammond was third.

Twenty-three competed in the adult contest and 17 in the youth competition.

R.J.'s Fresh Meats again provided the frankfurters and buns for contest. Foust noted that the R.J.'s hot dogs are bigger and better than the Nathan's wieners consumed in the famous Coney Island, N.Y., contest.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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