Johnsonville Brat Qualifier in Milwaukee
The top 10 eaters in the Milwaukee Harley Davidson qualifier will earn a seat in the final event, which will feature $20,000 in prizes. Last year, Sonya Thomas downed 35 of the famous brats, obliterating the 2004 record of 19 brats.
Last year, then-rookie Joey Chestnut of San Jose trailed Sonya Thomas by only one-half of a brat. If Chestnut participates, he will be considered by many as the favorite. He has traded victories with Thomas, however, and she cannot be counted out.
Other top brat-eaters include Richard LeFevre, who impressed last year with 30 and Tim Janus who ate 22 1/2. Bob Shoudt consumed 20 2/3 and Patrick Bertoletti ate 18 1/2 -- both of these eaters have improved significantly and are expected to place among the top spots if the participate.
The final contest is part of the annual Johnsonville Brat Days at Kiwanis Park in Sheboygan, WI, hosted by the Sheboygan Jaycees and Johnsonville Sausage.