Bowling Green man competing in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-How many hot dogs can you eat in ten minutes? One local man is going to find out when he’s a contestant on Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN!

Bartley Weaver is the first Kentuckian ever to be in the contest on Coney Island. The 16 contestants will take the stage on July 4th to see how many hot dogs they can eat in ten minutes. 

Joey Chestnut might be a familiar name…he’s won the competition 14 times. In 2020 he broke the record by eating 76 hot dogs. 

Weaver is a professional eater and he said a lot of training goes into the days leading up to the competition. 

“There’s a lot of preparation, believe it or not. You know in years past I would just show up hungry, not eat for a whole day, but now it’s more of a training thing. You want to strengthen your jaws, you want to increase the capacity of your stomach. And I love to eat so that’s easy for me,” said Weaver. 

You can catch Weaver eating dozens of hot dogs this Monday at 11 a.m.