Walton County firefighter wins inaugural Cheely’s Hot Dog Eating contest in Monroe

Contestants in the inaugural Cheely’s Hot Dog Contest got off to a good start with five hot dogs on a plate. Some never managed a refill! Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Walton County firefighter Brandon Talbird proves that local firefighters can do more than just take the heat. When it comes to eating, they can step up to the plate too. Taking the first Cheely’s Hot Dog Eating Contest easily by putting away 12, yes that’s 12, hot dogs in just eight minutes, Talbird earned first place and the handmade leather wrestling-style championship belt made by Curt Green of Bare Bones Leather in Bethlehem.

Brandon Talbird takes possession of the inaugural Cheely’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winners belt from Chad Cheely after devouring 12 hot dogs in 8 minutes on June 29, 2019. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

The 13 contestants lined up in front of the plates at 2 p.m. on June 29, 2019, looking strong, hungry and ready to go! Monroe Mayor John Howard declined the invite to participate but nominated a young alternate to represent the City.

Chad Cheely of Cheely’s General Store & Cafe’ gives the countdown to begin. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Let the eating begin! Talbird got off to a strong start.

By half-time, the eager eaters no longer looked quite so eager, but the good news is none of them made use of the “puke buckets” provided.

But the eventual winner looked like he could have kept going! Leave it to a firefighter to demonstrate how to get the job done.

The final countdown and, as he woofs down his 12th hot dog in the 8 minutes, Walton County Fire Rescue’s Brandon Talbird is declared the winner. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

You can watch the whole Hot Dog gorging event on WingN It YouTube channel (link below) and while you’re there, you can subscribe and keep up with the weekly vlog where they visit and review local restaurants and other food-related events!

Cheely’s General Store & Cafe’ can be found inside the Monroe Mercantile Co. on N. Broad Street and boasts it has “the best dogs in town.” That may well be, but there are 13 people who are likely to give it a little while before their appetites for hot dogs return enough to go back for another bite. It also remains to be seen whether Talbird will be back next year to defend his title!

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