WHERE: Coney Island, NY WHEN: July 4, 2022 at 12PM ET, televied live on ESPN
Every July 4, the eyes of the world focus on Coney Island, NY, for the Nathan's Famous
Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
holiday event, which is open to the public and which is sanctioned by the International
Federation of Competitive eating, takes place at Maimonides Park, next door to Nathan's Famous on the corner
of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney
This year, the competition fully returns to entertain a live audience. With an expected
attendance of 40,000 every year, those seeking good viewing are
advised to arrive before 11 am. (For more information, call Major League Eating at 212.352.8651.)
Watch it live when ESPN televises the event beginning with the women's competition at 10:45 am ET live on ESPN3 and the ESPN App, followed by live coverage of the men’s competition on ESPN at 12:00 pm ET.
Top competitor Joey Chestnut will be there to hopefully beat his own wolrd record, set last year when he downed a total of 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Stay tuned!
The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a New York tradition since
(Photo courtesy Nathan's Famous.)
All about the Coney Island 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
The Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has
been held at Nathan's
Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney
Island for decades now, and has beccome firmly entrenched as a New York City tradition.
It continues every July 4th at noon, when a group of 20 steely-eyed individuals line up behind
a 40-foot table to begin the 12-minute contest. These competitors,
known in the sport of competitive eating as "gurgitators",
may not appear athletic to the untrained eye. However, they are
among the finest athletes - with the quickest jaws! - in the world.
Showing that its heart is in the right place, when the fierce competition is over 100,000 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs are donatedd to the Food Bank for New York City each year as part of the annual event.
What does it take to compete in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest?
With a total of 12 wins in recent years, world champ Joey
Chestnut did it again last year and chowed down 75 hot dogs in 10 minutes -- a world record! -- earning him the coveted 2020 Mustard Belt and the $10,000 grand prize.
In 2021, watch for Joey and defending female champ, Miki Sudo, attempt to defend their titles in the upcoming contest in Coney Island.
Nothing represents summer and the Fourth of July like the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest, says Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan's Famous. This year our nation has new hope for glory.
Vying for the Mustard Belt
bejeweled and coveted Mustard Yellow International Belt, worn only by the International
Champion, is to hot dog aficionados what Faberge Eggs were to Czar Nicholas. The
belt is of unknown age and value, and is unveiled only at the annual contest.
for the Nathan's Famous July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest is administered
by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. To sign up, participants
18 years and over can visit www.NathansFamous.com.
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