How many hot dogs can you eat?

Fourth of July hot dog contest
Contestants will have 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible. The winner’s name will be engraved on the Hahana Ilio Cup trophy. - Swordfish Grill | Submitted

CORTEZ – The Swordfish Grill will host its Fifth Annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Given 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible, the winner will have his or her name engraved on the prestigious Hahana Ilio Cup trophy – hahana ilio is Hawaiian for “hot dog”. The winner will also take home $250 in prizes, including cash and Swordfish Grill swag.

Billy “The Batter Box” Raley won last year’s contest. Past winners also include Jarred “The Belly” Kelley and two-time champion Jake “The Dominator” Rodgers.

There is no registration fee, but all participants are required to sign a waiver. Contestants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s written permission. Contestants can stop by the Swordfish Grill and pre-register ahead of time or register by noon on the day of the event.

The annual contest will also feature raffle prizes, and while there, ask about the new Cortez Passport program and get your passport stamped.

The Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th St. W. in Cortez. For more information, call 941-798-2035.