The W: Little League Baseball, Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, NEPA BlogCon, and “Get Fresh” farmers’ market

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First Posted: 5/23/2014


…can you watch on the ol’ diamond, partaking in a celebrity baseball game on June 6?

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League Baseball that day at 5:30 p.m. at the West Side L.L./Ed Lark Field in Luzerne. A team of local celebrities will go up against West Side managers and coaches.

Guests will include Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey player Dennis Bonvie, Rock 107’s Prospector, Rocky and Freddie from 98.5 KRZ, and local Olympian Stephanie Jallen.


…can you go this weekend if you want to watch people shoving hot dogs in their faces at an insane rate?

The official 2014 qualifying tour for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest will stop at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond at 5 p.m. on June 7.

The event will feature top-ranked eaters, including Bob Shoudt, the world spaghetti-eating champion and the number-six-ranked eater in the world, who is known in eating circles as “The Notorious BOB.” Also competing will be world cranberry sauce-eating champion Juliet Lee, Marcos “The Monster” Owens, Canadian champion Meredith Boxberger, “Wild” Bill Myers, and Steakbellie Livingston.

The top male and top female finishers will earn a spot to compete in the finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Brooklyn.

If watching isn’t enough and you’d actually like to compete, visit to register. All competitors must be over 18 years of age.


…will NEPA BlogCon return to the area?

The event’s time and place is slated for Oct. 11 at Misericordia University’s Insalaco Center for Career Development, but you can chat with some of those involved much earlier.

There will be a kickoff party June 18 at 7 p.m. at River Grille in Plains Township that will have appetizers, door prizes, and much more. It’s a free event, but those attending can make a suggested $5 donation towards the selected charity for this year.

Learn more at, on Twitter, @nepablogcon, or at


…should you visit the Atrium Cafe at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton on select Wednesdays this summer?

G-CMC is starting a monthly “Get Fresh” farmers’ market on June 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Other “Get Fresh” dates include July 23, Aug. 20, and Sept. 17.

The monthly market will offer locally grown produce, cooking demonstrations, recipes, and dietitians who can answer questions about eating healthy foods. Additionally, some markets will feature an agriculturalist to provide information on the importance of sustainable food.

The “Get Fresh” market is also available one day each month at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre.