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Who can scarf down the most Coney Dogs in 10 minutes? Find out at the American Coney Island Eating Challenge, September 1

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Every Detroiter knows and probably loves Coney Dogs, but just who loves them the most? Well, on Thursday, September 1 you can find out at the 6th annual American Coney Island Eating Challenge.

On this day those interested can step up to see who can eat the most Coney Dogs in 10 minutes, and possibly who can beat the record of 19½. That record belongs to 2014 and 2015 winner Matt Holowicki of Plymouth.

Two-time reigning Coney Dog Eating champ Matt Holowicki of Plymouth

Two-time reigning Coney Dog Eating champ Matt Holowicki of Plymouth

The winner this year will get a special belt to show off his or her gastric strength. They will also receive prizes from a variety of local retailers, restaurants and other supporters, including one year of free meals at American Coney Island, to add to their day of pride.

Those who compete will be scrutinized by the event’s celebrity judges on just how much coney is left on the plate, and if it constitutes as fully eaten.

The culinary warriors will also know where there registration fees will go … to benefit Detroit Police Fund and Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund.

Also on tap for the day is a challenge between the Detroit Police and Fire Departments as they go dog-for-dog. They are tied with one win each the past two years. Certainly a force for the bragging rights.

The Detroit Police Department team who won last year against the fire department

The Detroit Police Department team who won last year against the fire department

It all happens at 114 W. Lafayette.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 5:30 pm – Detroit Police vs. Detroit Fire/EMT Coney Dog Eating Challenge
  • 5:45 pm – Coney Dog Eating Challenge Main Event

Registration is open for competitors who are hungry to earn the title of “American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Champion.”

Registration fees are $10 in advance for individual competitors and $15 on the day of the event. To register, call 586-219-0995.

The event is open to the public with a suggested $5.00 donation.

Visit www.AmericanConeyIsland.com for more information.

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