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With two corn dog-eating contests coming up, now’s the time to get “in shape.”

How many corn dogs can you knock back?

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 1:21 pm

In the arena of competitive eating, it’s never too early to start training. Just ask Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, the hero of the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

The challenge here is corn dogs and how many you can put away in four minutes, as sponsored by the 2014 edition of the Sacramento County Fair, May 22-26 at Cal Expo. The winner will waddle away with $500; second and third places will get $200 and $100, respectively. For reference, the organization Major League Eating names “hungry man” Richard LeFevre as having devoured a dozen corn dogs in 10 minutes at the Texas State Fair.

If you’re 18 or older and think you can keep up at the May 24 event, go here to find entry forms, or phone (916) 263-2975. The entry fee is $10 before May 9 and $15 after that.

Moving into summer, the California State Fair will sponsor its annual corn dog-eating contest July 19-20 at Cal Expo. From first to fifth, the prizes will be $2,500, $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $100. Register here.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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