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Kentuckian competing in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Today at noon, Joey Chestnut will chase his 15th Mustard Belt in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Among the 15 competitors trying to stop him will be Bowling Green’s own Bartley Weaver. The Kentucky Wesleyan graduate turned state trooper, professional bodybuilder, and competitive eater is the first Kentuckian to compete at the annual event at Coney Island since it began in 1916 (if you don’t count Chestnut, who was born in Fulton County, Ky. but lives in Indiana). Weaver was also featured on NBC’s reality show The Titan Games with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and served as the “The Titan Man” mascot for the Tennessee Titans.