Hot Dog Eating Contest tops CocoWalk’s sizzling summer

Hot Dog Eating Contest tops CocoWalk’s sizzling summer

Pictured at the 2012 Hot Dog Eating Competition are Daniel Encinosa (left) and winner Juan Angel.

Summer means fun outdoors and there is no place better for family fun than CocoWalk in Coconut Grove.

It’s time to get ready for CocoWalk’s fifth annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition. Five competitors will be vying for the title “Hot Dog Eating Champ” and the coveted collection of first place prizes and goodies.

Last year’s winner, Juan Angel, ate 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes and stole the victory from runner-up Daniel Encinosa. Paragon Grove 13 sponsors the hot dogs and prizes are donated by CocoWalk and local Grove merchants and businesses.

Live music begins with Slick & Slac at 2 p.m., and kids will be treated to holiday freebies, fantastic face painting, and festive balloons and toys until 6 p.m. To keep the party rocking, a Classic Rock band will take the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. to deliver high-energy songs from the 1960s and ’70s. It’s a fitting tribute to America’s birthday celebration.

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