Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Date: 07/04/2017
Location: Coney Island, NY
Discipline: Nathanís Famous Hot Dogs
Total Prizes: $40,000 Total Prize Purse


The 2017 Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will take place in Coney Island from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The annual contest will be held at Nathanís Famous flagship restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Brooklyn, NY.

Pre-show festivities will begin at 10:00 am with performances by a variety of musical and dance acts. The womenís competition began at 11:00 am, while the menís competition will start at 12:30 pm. Some 30,000 fans are expected to attend.

Last year, Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, regained his championship title from arch rival Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, and set a new July 4th world-record by consuming 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Chestnutís all-time best is a world record 73 Nathanís Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

In the women's competition last year, Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, VA, who set a world record by consuming 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, fell to Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas, NV. Sudo took first place, eating 38.5 Hot Dogs, three and a half more than Thomas.

The annual event is a New York City tradition, with thousands making the pilgrimage to Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island to watch in person. The ESPN telecast of the event routinely draws an audience of millions of viewers. As part of the event, Nathanís Famous makes a donation of 100,000 Nathanís Famous hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City. Coney Island Brewery is official beer sponsor for the event.

About Nathan's Famous, Inc.
Nathanís is a Russell 2000 Company that currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and ten foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. Last year, over 500 million Nathanís Famous hot dogs were sold. Nathanís was ranked #22 on the Forbes 2014 list of the Best Small Companies in America and was listed as the Best Small Company in New York State in October 2013.

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.