Once upon a time this was just an ordinary hot dog eating competition on Coney Island which was enjoyed by the locals on July 4. It started in the 1970’s and has been growing steadily ever since.
Now it’s part of the very busy and profitable competitive eating circuit, the highlight of it actually, watched by 40,000 people in person and over 2 million on TV.
It is held close to the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog premises on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Aves on Coney Island
There’s a show beforehand with a variety of acts from community groups and others which starts at 10.30 am.
At 11.30 the women do their thing then at 12.30 it’s the men’s contest and the competition is all about who can eat the biggest number of hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Defending champion Joey Chesnut is expected to win again though he will have lots of competition from Japanese players who are very serious about their competitive eating. LIKE competitions that everyone can enjoy in the sunshine.