American Coney Island's coney eating challenge returns

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

If eating a dozen or so coney dogs doesn't faze you, the annual American Coney Island coney dog eating challenge on Aug. 29 is calling your name. 

Now in its ninth year, the yearly competition gives eaters 10 minutes to down as many hot dogs topped with chili, mustard and onions as they can. This year's winner gets a weekend trip to Las Vegas for two, free American Coney Island meals for a year and the championship belt. 

Matt Holowicki of Plymouth, now a four-time champion, participates in a coney dog eating contest on Thursday, Sept. 1 2016 at the American Coney Island.

The record for most coney dogs eaten at this event is held by retired champion Matt Holowicki of Plymouth. He won the battle in 2014, '15, 16 and in 2018. His record is 20 dogs. 

Like in previous years, there is a charity element. Proceeds from registration fees and a portion of the day's sales and donations will benefit the Detroit Police Benefit and Protective Association and the Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund. 

Before the main event, members of the Detroit Police Department, Detroit Fire/EMT and the Windsor Fire Department will square off to see which group can eat the most.

Ex-Detroit Pistons player Rick Mahorn, right, coaches a contestant during a past American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest.

This battle starts at 5:30 p.m. with the coney challenge at 5:45 p.m. at the restaurant, 114 W. Lafayette in Detroit. Competitors can register at the restaurant in advance for $10, or the day of for $15. Call (586) 219-0995 to register by phone. Spectators are asked to donate $5.

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