Nothing screams America more than a good ol’ hot dog with all the fixings. This 4th of July, why not showcase your patriotism by attending Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest?
This year, participants completed a 13-event qualifying circuit held through out the United States during the spring. On Friday, the top speed eaters from the preliminaries (held in 12 cities nationwide) will all gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, NY to battle against the clock and compete in the contest that has been held annually since 1916.
16 men and 12 women are expected to compete in the finals for a $40,000 total prize. Last year, Joey Chestnut, currently the #1 ranking eater in the world, set a new world record by consuming 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, currently holds the world record in the women’s competition for consuming 45 in 2012.
With such fierce competition, this year will certainly be an entertaining way to spend your 4th of July. The event is also free and open to the public, but make sure to arrive early (D, F, Q and N trains to final stop) to get a good spot. While you are there, you can also spend a good part of your day on Coney Island, walking the boardwalk, riding some rides and watching the fireworks, of course. It is sure to be an adventure you can’t miss.
Here is a schedule of activities for this year:
- Pre-show entertainment begins at 10:00 AM
- George Shea opens the 98th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at 11:00 AM
- The women’s contest will begin at 11:30 AM
- ESPN will host its live show at 12:00 PM
- The men’s contest will begin at 12:40 PM
- Trophy presentation at 12:55 PM
You can also catch the contest on television. Tune in to ESPN 2 at 12:30PM and again at 2pm on ESPN to watch the men’s competition. 1 day, 23 hours until it begins!
Have your share of hot dogs will you’re at it. Mmm…