August 4 – Now in its 7th year, the Heinkel’s Hot dog Eating Contest took over the Funfest Stage Saturday afternoon at the 2018 Decatur Celebration. Before the competition kicked off, emcee Aric Lee introduced Wes Heinkel of Heinkel’s Packing Company who paid tribute to his Grandfather, Erwin Heinkel. He reminded the crowd to live the way their family patriarch always said, “Keep laughing, keep smiling”.
This was the first year there were no pre-competition qualifying contests and the eaters signed up the day of the competition.
The 10 minute contest kicked off, with Brandon “Da’ Garbage Disposal” Clark of Cahokia, last year’s record setting champion with 27 weiners consumed, cruising to an early lead eating 22 wieners by the 5 minute mark. In the end, “Da’ Garbage Disposal” cruised to an easy victory, and set a new Heinkel’s Hot Dog Eating Contest record by devouring 33 wieners in 10 minutes.
Your top 3 finishers are as follows:
1st Brandon “Da’ Garbage Disposal” Clark, Cahokia, Illinois. Winner of $500 and 4 St. Louis Cardinals Tickets
2nd Kyle “The Hammer” Hanner of St. Louis, Missouri. Winner of $250 and a $100 meat bundle from Heinkel’s Packing Company.
3rd Jonathan “Big Jon” Offerman, of Decatur, Illinois. Winner of $100 and a $50 meat bundle from Heinkel’s Packing Company.