Hot dog eating champions repeat feat
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.