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Do you pride yourself on loving that déclassé New York snack — the hot dog? On Memorial Day, this Monday, May 30, you can watch gluttons fire them down — and consume a few dogs yourself — at the “First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest,” at Schnack (122 Union St. at Columbia Street).

“Contestants competed in the restaurant’s pre-event hot dog eating heats,” said Harry Hawk, the event’s referee — along with his Schnack partners Jim Mamary and Alan Harding (host of Discovery Home & Leisure Channel’s “Cookin’ in Brooklyn” show).

On the day of the event, the six to eight contestants, who proved they can down the dogs in record time in qualifying heats, will do their best to speed-eat a 30-inch, that’s right, 30-inch, Stahl-Meyer frank in a 28-inch long Caputo’s Bakery bun. (The franks and buns were custom-made for this contest.)

The winner will take home more than $400 in prizes and cash from Schnack and the event’s other sponsors — New York Water Taxi, Stahl-Meyer Company, Caputo’s Bakery, Jever Pilsner Beer and American Stevedoring Inc.
The contestants must adhere to strict rules of conduct during the competition: No deconstructing of the frank and/or bun will be tolerated, although breaking off portions of the dog with its bun is allowed. Swallowing without sufficient chewing is grounds for disqualification.

Get there between 11 am and 1 pm, and you’ll get a free Stahl-Meyer, all-beef hot dog. The contest begins at 1 pm. At 2 pm, the dogs will be sold for 50 cents. You’ll even get a free 8-ounce Jever Pilsner beer (1 per order) to wash it down.

For more information, call Schnack at (718) 855-2879.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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