Devouring dogs nets student a big trophy

SAITSA held its second annual hot dog eating contest Jan. 9 in the Stan Grad Centre at SAIT.

The contest was held for SAITSA’s Winter Welcome Week event,  which lasted from Jan. 6-10.

“Be a good sport, don’t get in any way of other contestants, and play fair,” SAIT Student Association president Tegan Cochrane said, while announcing the start of the contest to the public.

A large group of students and campus staff  gathered to observe the contestants devour large numbers of hot dogs, occasionally washing them down with glasses of water.

At the end of the 10-minute time limit, Byron ‘The Beast’ Liu bagged first place by consuming roughly 15 hot dogs.

Liu raised his arms in victory as the crowd cheered, while Cochrane awarded him with a hot-dog-trophy as his prize.

The first annual hot dog eating contest took place during last year’s  Welcome Week, which was similar to this year’s with the exception of a larger trophy.

A typical SAITSA Winter Welcome Week event often includes activities such as sumo wrestling in inflatable sumo suits, building structures with giant Jenga blocks, an eating contest, and an obstacle course.

“I didn’t find the contest too bad,” runner-up and Instrumentation Engineering Technology student, Alex Wagner, said. He finished in third place and ate a total of 13 hot dogs.

“I’m always rather hungry, and I’ve got a really high metabolism,” he said.

A Winner is You: Contest winner Byron "Byron the Beast" Liu is awarded a hot dog trophy by Tegan Cochrane. (Photo by Leo Aragon/The Press)
A Winner is You: Contest winner Byron “Byron the Beast” Liu is awarded a hot dog trophy by Tegan Cochrane. (Photo by Leo Aragon/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Leo Aragon worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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