Dog competition

Kentucky man enters Nathan’s hot dog contest

KENTUCKY (FOX 56) – A former Kentucky State Police trooper trades handcuffs for competition. The Cave City native spent the day in New York for Nathan’s famous 4th of July hot dog eating contest.

“I had a picture sitting in front of the TV watching Nathan’s hot dog eating hot dogs from a few years ago and I said I wanted to do that someday, it looks cool,” said Bartley Weaver IV.

The bodybuilder and pro eater said hot dogs weren’t the most he’s eaten.

“It was a great time, it was the Super Bowl of competitive eating and I’ve been working the last 3 years on the pro circuit trying to make it, and I finally got the invite this year,” said said Weaver.

Weaver allows himself a cheat meal. Meals estimated at 13,000 calories, consisting of three pizzas, 20 donuts and four muffins.

“I’m a bit of a dieter, I like to eat aggressively out of season, and when it’s time to diet, that’s when we promote my supplements,” Weaver said.

Joey Chestnut worked his way to the top of the contest this year, earning a record 15th victory in the competition, but Weaver said being a contender this year representing Bluegrass means a lot to him.

“I’ve been a Kentuckian all my life and also was the first Kentuckian to compete in Nathans today, so I’m very proud to represent the state this year,” Weaver said.

Weaver ate 29 hot dogs and placed seventh.