For most Americans, the 4th of July brings many to mind a wide spectrum memories, experiences, sights, sounds, and smells.Â Whether it is a fun filled summer backyard barbeque with family and friends, a trip to the county fair, or a brilliant fireworks display, there is something special about 4th of July. One event I try not to miss is Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. This year, it will be televised on ESPN on July 4th at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific and is quite a spectacal to watch.
In recent years, an estimated 40,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathanâ€™s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. The ESPN telecast of the event drew an audience of over 1 million viewers in 2012. It is anticipated that Nathanâ€™s Famous will make a donation of 100,000 Nathanâ€™s Famous hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City, as it does each year.
Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, holds the world record for eating 68 Nathanâ€™s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his seventh straight title this year â€“ a world record.
Sonya Thomas, known as the Black Widow, of Alexandria, VA, will defend her title as Female Champion.Â She consumed 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes last year, setting a new womenâ€™s world record.
According to archives, the Nathanâ€™s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, NY since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant. Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sport, sanctions the Nathanâ€™s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.
I don't know about you, but when I go to Costco, after one hot dog, I am done. Being able to eat 40 or 60 in 10 minutes seems totally insane...but it is pretty wild to watch. Check it out on ESPN this 4th of July at 1 pm Easterm/10 am Pacific.
But 60 hot dogs is 10 minutes is nothing when you consider that on 4th of July, Americans consume over 158 million hot dogs. That is some serious heartburn.
For more information on this crazy 4th of July Tradition, go to http://www.nathansfamous.com/index.php/hot-dog-eating-contest