Hansen wins first Hot Dog Eating Contest Posted in: News It was 24-year-old Joel Hansen from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who took home the grand prize of $500 for eating 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes during the inaugural July 4th Hot Dot Eating contest. The contest was sponsored by SONIC and attracted entrants from Canada, neighboring cities and a few locals ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!