Cape Girardeau restaurant hosts inaugural hot dog eating contest

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 4:11 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2021 at 11:20 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - It was a close race, but roughly 10 people entered the Rufus Red Hots hot dog eating contest in Cape Girardeau on Saturday.

These contestants stretched out their stomachs to try to fit in as many hot dogs as possible.

The winner ended up eating 14 hot dogs, something he said he trained for.

“I feel like I could eat some more. Yeah, me and the other guy, Kyle ‘The Hammer’ Hanner, we’re competitive eaters so I’ve done a bunch of challenges over the years,” Kyle “The Hitman” Hall said. “We actually train ourselves to push and stretch our stomachs out to put in a lot of food.”

Rufus owner Yolanda Cawthon said there was a lot of fun on hand with an exciting atmosphere.

“What it means is that we’re bringing the community in together and we’re all going to come in and participate in something that is pure unadulterated fun,” Cawthon said.

There was also dozens of people on hand cheering them on, a raffle and Rufus gear that was part of the festivity as well.

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