Relishing the victoryBy BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,
Last Saturday, the Ruleville Fire and Police departments were outside singing, “Who let the dogs out?” as the two groups of civil servants squared off in a hot dog eating contest at the Bumpers Drive-In on MS-8.
The town’s law enforcement officers arrested the victory by apprehending 36 of the free frankfurters during the allotted 10-minutes, while the firefighters were only able to extinguish 29.
A six-man/woman team from each division, along with their supporters, braved near freezing temperatures on Saturday and faced-off in a “best of” friendly competition.
Each contestant displayed his or her own method of accomplishing the goal, some weenies went down bun-less, while others were consumed condiments only.
John Bullard, marketing director, Bumpers Drive-In, said Saturday’s event was strictly for fun. He called it a way to bring the community together. “With the police, the firefighters, the hospital, and Bumpers, (it was) just one united thing, something for everyone to come out, be a part of and just kind of make a memory,” he said.
The winning team was awarded $250 cash, a huge trophy with a hot dog on top, a gift bag courtesy of North Sunflower Medical Center and bragging rights.
In addition to the group prizes, a supplemental cash award of $50 went to the individual team member that downed the most dogs and Officer Andrew Martyn gulped down six hot dogs to take home that honor.
The Bumpers Drive-In of America and North Sunflower County Medical Center sponsored the event.
The winners were Officer Andrew Martyn, Captain Amos Michner, Officers, Youlanda Harris, Nick Hall, Ladarius Tucker and Antonio White