OCEAN CITY Md.— Who doesn’t think of hot dog eating contests when preparing for the Fourth of July?
Fish Tales Bar and Grill is bringing the annual dietary competition back this Independence Day at 22nd Street, bayside.
“We are excited to have the most requested event back on our calendar,” owner Shawn Harman said in a press release from the restaurant. “We want to focus on our local community, so contestants must work and live locally.”
Alongside the competitors getting started at noon in the eatery’s south parking lot, seating will be available to watch until about 4 p.m. The event has previously drawn in hundreds.
This “amateur” contest is open to anyone who works within a business of Ocean City. The first 20 people to register will lock-in as contestants. Hopefuls can visit the Bahia Marina Tackle Shop or Fish Tales Small Bar to sign up, with a $10 registration fee, according to Fish Tales.
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Hot Dog eaters will have to be over 18 years hold, and they should bring a local form of photo identification or a pay stub from an Ocean City business to register.
The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and, according to Fish Tales, “bragging rights for an entire year.”