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RECAP: 2018 Mickey’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

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  • Joel Rodgers

On Wednesday, July 18 the city of Shreveport was in for some real fun between the bun. The event, Mickey’s first ever hot dog eating contest.

The competition worked like this, four competitiors from Louisiana battled it out to see who’d be crown top dog in the first ever event. Each person was given 3 hot dogs, the person who finishes first, would be crowned the winner and receive FREE hot dogs from Mickey Davis for 1 year.

But moments before the contest began, two competitors from Texas showed up to battle the winner from Louisiana. What started as a battle of four, quickly became a battle on the border.

The first round (the Louisiana championship) featured Eli Durr, Mark Miller, Carter Breeze, and Jake Wood. Four huge eaters aiming to win free hot dogs for a year. In the end, it was Eli Durr claiming the top prize as he out ate the others.

Then the next round would take place (the Texas Championship) it featured two unknowns as they slowly battled it out, with the winner moving on to take on the Louisiana winner. Commentary from Real Shreveport’s Joel Rodgers and social legend Jake Wood would prove to save to Texas Championship. Because those Texas guys ate really really slow, but Jake and Joel provided some really funny moments.

Moving on to the championship, the battle on the border, Louisiana verses Texas! The hot dog contest to end all hot dog contests.

End the end, it was Eli Durr from Shreveport who was able to eat 1 hot dog quicker than the Texas winner.

Congratulations to Eli Durr on winning, eating, and not throwing up. We’ll see you next year, Eli.

Thanks for allowing us to have a little fun, Mickey.

 

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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