Jul 4, 2016

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest


Nathan's Famous
1310 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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With a combination of steely grit, limber lips and highly expandable stomachs, competitors in the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest devour wieners galore to the delight of throngs of screaming fans. A select group of skilled eaters convene at high noon, eating Nathan's dogs (and buns) for 10 minutes straight, stopping for nothing—not ketchup, not mustard, not even a french fry. Competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut held the top spot for eight consecutive years but lost to upstart Matt Stonie in the 2015 battle. The stakes will be high this year as Chestnut seeks to reclaim the title. Plus, the 2016 competition is purportedly the 100th anniversary of the event, continuing a tradition organizers claim was established in 1916 (historians, take note—records for the event extend no further back than the early 1970s). For more information, visit nathansfamous.com.


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