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$23,000 in Prizes on Table at Johnsonville Brat Event

The Sheboygan Jaycees and Johnsonville Sausage have announced that ESPN will air a 60-minute show on the brat-eating contest at Johnsonville Brat Days on August 5, 2006. The show is scheduled to air at 3 p.m. CDT. The Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship, a feature of the annual Johnsonville Brat Days, which will be held at Kiwanis Park, August 3-5, 2006, in Sheboygan, Wisc.

The Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship will feature top-ranked competitive eaters including Takeru Kobayshi, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas and Joey Chestnut. More than $23,000 in prizes will be on the line. In addition to the world championship, a competition will feature Wisconsin’s best brat-eaters as they put away brats for pride, glory and the $2,000 top prize.

Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., last year consumed 35 bratwurst in 10 minutes, barely edging out the rookie Joey Chestnut. A slew of ranked eaters gathered on Saturday, June 17, at Milwaukee Harley-Davidson to qualify for a place at the table in Sheboygan. Tim "Eater X" Janus ate 29 Johnsonville Brats to earn the top qualifying spot in the Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship, on August 5.

The first Brat Days festival was held in 1953 and has since provided brat lovers from all over the country with a one-of-a-kind brat experience. Brat Days is also the largest fundraiser for the Sheboygan Jaycees, having raised more than $150,000 over the last 10 years. Proceeds from the festival are returned to the community through organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Sheboygan Recreation Department and Above and Beyond Children’s Museum. This year’s fair will offer fun family attractions including amusement rides, a mechanical bull and a rock climbing wall. Also, for families with younger children, Brat Days will feature a family area with pony rides, three-story slide, galaxy explorer and a moon bouncer. Visitors can also see Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill, the largest mobile grill and serving Johnsonville Brats during the festival. Additionally, this year’s festivities will feature live music entertainment from various artists, including the world-renowned Violent Femmes.

About Johnsonville Sausage
Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is the number one national brand of brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links. Johnsonville Sausage products are available in 39 countries including France, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, China and the United States. Johnsonville employs 1,000 members. Each of them takes ownership of product quality to ensure the excellence and "Big Taste" of Johnsonville Sausage. Founded in 1945 by Ralph F. & Alice Stayer, the company remains privately owned today.