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Dubuque's Osthoff taking a year off from hot dog eating contest

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's a 4th of July tradition:  The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York.
The last several years, it's had an Iowa connection.  But this year - the A-Train is staying at the depot.  

Aaron "A-Train" Osthoff is from Dubuque, and was one time the #8 competitive eater in the world.  
Last year he ate 20 hot dogs (along with buns) in the 4th of July contest.

Osthoff announced earlier this year on Twitter he was stepping away from the big table.
He says this 4th of July, he'll be eating hot dogs on his patio... but may be back at Coney Island next year.

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