William Lyon downed 15 hot dogs - buns and all - in less than five minutes to continue his reign as hot dog eating champ. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
William Lyon downed 15 hot dogs - buns and all - in less than five minutes to continue his reign as hot dog eating champ. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

In pictures: Hot dog champ wins second straight title

Downing all 15 hot dogs with time to spare, William Lyon easily defeated the rest of his competition at the second annual Wiener Fest May 18.

The rules were simple. Whoever could eat the most hot dogs — buns and all — in five minutes would win. None of the other competitors came close to catching Lyon, who won a one-of-a-kind hot dog trophy made by Tire City Potters.

Lyon also won the title at the inaugural event in 2023.

People were enthusiastic about Wiener Fest. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Despite the threats of rain, crowds flocked to the event, which featured food trucks, vendors, music by the Mason Jars and dogs in costume.

“I’m very pumped,” said Scott Russell of Love Augusta which put on the event at Savannah River Brewing.

Russell said organizers learned a lot in the first year and tweaked it to make it “so much better this year.”

Fat Man’s provided the hot dogs for the contest, and food vendors presented their best take on hot dogs. There was even a dessert dog thanks to Vance’s Bakery Bar.

JH Moore BBQ won the Judge’s Choice Award for its hot dog creation.

Pups dressed up for Wiener Fest on May 18. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Vance’s Bakery Bar hot dog dessert made with a cookie bun, red velvet brownie and 2nd City Caramel Creme Bourbon. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
At left, William Lyon, the hot dog contest winner, stands with Scott Russell. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Andy Colbert of The Mason Jars performs during Wiener Fest May 18. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Crowds gathered for Wiener Fest at Savannah River Brewery. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News and Inspiring: Women of Augusta, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at charmain@augustagoodnews.com. Sign up for the newsletter here.

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