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Hot dog! Brewerks hosting eating contest

News also from Old Settlers' Festival, Pedal City, Piere's

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 8, 2022

Did you happen to see that we are about to have a good ol’ fashioned hot dog eating contest in town? 

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, Summit City Brewerks will be the setting for the inaugural Summit City Glizzy Guzzler Hot Dog Eating Contest. 

Contestants will have 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs (including buns) as they can and to drink a pint of Old Crown Ale. 

The winner will receive $200 cash, a trophy, and their name engraved on the Glizzy Guzzler plaque. The runner-up will win $50. 

Before you go thinking this is a free meal, there is a $25 entry fee ($35 for veggie dogs) and limited to 30 people. In addition, you must be at least 21 years of age. Contestants will be provided a Glizzy Guzzler shirt. 

Good luck!

Old Settlers’ festival back in Columbia City

The Columbia City Old Settlers’ Day Festival will be  June 21-25 in beautiful downtown Columbia City. 

The historic annual summer festival features an array of activities for the entire family, including rides, food, tractor pulls, pickleball and cornhole tournaments, a parade, antique tractor drive, and live music. 

This year’s music lineup consists of Biff & The Cruisers on June 21, Whoa, Man! on June 22, Roger Marshall Band on June 23, Hotline on June 24, and The Haggens Band on June 25. 

Music begins at 8 p.m. each evening. 

While there, check out the Whitley County Historical Museum, which will be open during the duration and is something worth seeing. 

For more information on the event, check out their website at   

Celebrate all things emo at Pedal City

Pedal City is gearing up for Emo Night on Wednesday, June 29, from 8-11 p.m. 

Come on down to the Main Street establishment and sit back, relax, grab your eyeliner, and enjoy emo hits performed acoustically by Topher Beyer of The Paper Heart. There will also be 14 beers on tap, bar games, and food. And don’t forget the patio is dog friendly. 

Even better, Emo Night will be an every-Wednesday event.  

Christian metal coming to Piere’s

On Friday, Sept. 16, Piere’s welcomes the American Christian metal band Demon Hunter.

The Seattle, Washington, act has been growing an impressive catalogue of hard-hitting tracks since 2000 and will roll through town that evening on their “Twenty Years in Exile Tour,” promoting their first-ever concept album Exile

Opponent, another Seattle-based metal band, will open the show.

Tickets can be purchased at or in person at all Wooden Nickel locations and Neat Neat Neat Records.

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