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July 3, 2013

Tonawandas gear up for Independence Day celebrations

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Tonawanda News — Last year’s event, the first of its kind, went very well, Wilkins said.

”We had a great time. You’d be surprised how many people come out and bring their families with them,” he said. “It’s fun to watch.”

The winning records are 10 hot dogs last year, and eight Bunny Dogs, Wilkins said. While that’s small change for an eating contest, it’s still a challenge.

”We just started; the major one they have in Coney Island every year -- that person there ate 68 hotdogs in minutes. That’s incredible,” he said. “A lot of people think they can do it, and then they hit a brick wall.

”We’re the only ones in the whole country who do a vegan one; that’s something we can brag about.”

For the $25 entry fee, each contestant will receive a contest T-shirt and a plate of hot dogs as they begin. The winners will have their names on a permanent plaque at the restaurant and will receive $50 prize money donated by Fantastic Sam’s.

Registrations will be accepted up until the event’s start time. Entry forms are available at Old Man River Restaurant or the NT Meals on Wheels office, 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda, or downloaded from www.oldmanriverwny.com.

Dan Stuerner’s All Star Band, 50/50 raffles and other food will be featured during the event. The rain date is Friday.

For more information, call Wilkins at 861-8928.

• The annual T-NT fireworks, shot from Tonawanda Island, will take place at dusk — approximately 9:45 p.m. — Thursday in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda. 

The fireworks will be preceded by a concert by Sugar ‘N Jazz at 7 p.m. at the Niawanda Park bandshell, Niagara Street, City of Tonawanda. Niagara Street will be closed for pedestrian safety.

• Independence Day celebrations will continue Friday in the Town of Tonawanda, which will host a special ceremony to honor World War II veterans at 6:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial at Kenney Field, Colvin Boulevard and Brighton Road.

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