Pittsburg 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

By Felicia Lawrence

Published 07/04 2014 09:17PM

Updated 07/04 2014 10:10PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- "I'm ready, I'm hungry," said Jay Ward, Competitive Eater.

Competitive eater, Jay Ward, and his son have been preparing all day for the annual 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Pittsburg. 

"I haven't ate yet and I'm just kind of enjoying the sun and the time. I figure that hopefully I have a good appetite and can eat them fast," said Jay.

Landen, 8, will also be competing and says he's been swimming all day to work up an appetite. 

"I only ate breakfast," said Landen Ward, Competitive Eater. 
That's why this father and son duo are not worried about their competition.

First, it was Landen's turn. He made good use of the dipping technique and then the standing technique. With the help of his dad, three minutes and three hot dogs later, Landen takes second place! Up next, is Jay and the adult competition. He takes his place right next to last year's winner. After five minutes and two minutes of overtime to break a tie, Jay finishes in third place after downing 12 hot dogs.   

"I was kind of glad to get in there and compete, and have fun. I was real proud of my son. The first time he's ever done any eating competition and he takes second place. He was definitely the littlest one up there. I was real proud of Mr. Landen Ward," said Jay.

Both father and son won gift cards, a limited edition hot dog cupcake, and of course bragging rights. But the real prize this 4th of July is quality time.

"We may be grilling tonight, so I may have another hot dog this evening," said Jay.

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