How many corn dogs can you knock back?

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.