Local man finishes second in Nathan's hot dog contest

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ORANGE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July is an American staple.

For the second straight year, a man from the Central Virginia area competed in the contest.

Darron Breeden is a competitive eater from Orange. He says the competitive eating came naturally after spending time in Japan.

"I tried one of those man versus food-style challenges," said Breeden. "I had to eat a five-pound thing of curry rice in 30 minutes, and I did that in six minutes."

Last year, Breeden ate 50 hot dogs and came in third place, behind Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie. This year he had some lofty expectations.

"I'd like to hit a minimum of 50, I'd be ecstatic if I could hit 60," he said. "This year, I just want to continue that upward trend and hopefully place second, first would be ideal, but Joey would need to definitely have an off day."

Breeden did exactly that when he hit the 50 mark, which this year was good enough for second place.

He can attribute that accomplishment to the time he spent practicing.
"I actually have a table set up in the basement, where I practice eating," said Breeden. "I cook up 60 hot dogs and see how many I can cram down my gullet in 10 minutes."

After the hot dog contest, it may be a while before he sits down to enjoy a hot dog again.

"I'll give myself a break, probably going to be another few months before I eat hot dogs again," said Breeden.

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