Nathanís Famous Announces Qualifying Circuit For The 2014 Season

Circuit Expands to More Cities, New Venues

Nathanís Famous, Inc. has unveiled the official list of sites that will host hot dog eating contests to qualify competitive eaters who will participate in the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathanís Famous on Brooklynís Coney Island.

The Nathanís Famous qualifying tour stops in four new cities this year. Itís also premiering at NASCAR events, including the annual Speed Street celebration in Charlotte, NC; Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA; and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. Nathanís Famous will host its first-ever qualifier at Busch Stadium prior to a St. Louis Cardinals game in May. This yearís circuit begins on April 26th in Las Vegas and stops at 12 other cities before the final event takes place on July 4, 2014 at the Nathanís Famous flagship in Coney Island.

The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a spot to compete in the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathanís Famous, a holiday tradition since 1916. In recent years, an estimated 40,000 fans have traveled to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in person. The live telecast of the event has consistently attracted millions of viewers since ESPN first aired the contest in 2004.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA holds the world record for eating 69 Nathanís Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes in 2013, and he will seek his eighth straight title this year. Sonya Thomas of Alexandria; VA will defend her title as Female Champion; she consumed 36 ĺ Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes last year.

Host cities of the 2014 Nathanís Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit include Las Vegas, NV; Boston, MA; St. Paul, MN; Sonoma, CA; St. Louis, MO; Cleveland, OH; Tunica, MS; Bloomingdale, IL; Savannah, GA; Houston, TX; and Charlotte, NC; Citifield in Queens NY; and at State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ.

According to archives, the Nathanís Famous Fourth of July 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 Nathanís Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.

Those interested in competing in a Nathanís Famous qualifier should visit to obtain information and register. All competitors must be over 18 years of age.

Official Listing Of The 2014 Nathanís Famous Qualifiers
April 26th: Las Vegas, NV (New York-New York Hotel & Casino)
May 3rd: Houston, TX (Memorial Mall)
May 17th: St. Louis, MO (Busch Stadium)
May 24th: Charlotte, NC (Speed Street celebration)
May 29th: Fort Lee, VA (Military Qualifier)
May 31st: Bloomingdale, IL (Kmart)
June 1st: St. Paul, MN (Dixieís Stage, 695 Grand Avenue)
June 7th: Long Pond, PA (Pocono Raceway)
June 7th: Savannah, GA (River Street)
June 15th: Queens, NY (Citifield Plaza)
June 21st: Boston, MA (Government Center, Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party)
June 22nd: Sonoma, CA (Sonoma Raceway)
June 29th: Cleveland, OH (Crocker Park Shopping Center)

About Nathanís Famous
Nathanís products are currently distributed in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and six foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. The Nathanís restaurant system currently consists of over 320 units, comprised of more than 315 franchised units and five company-owned units (including one seasonal unit). Additionally, Nathanís Famous hot dogs are sold in over 25,000 retail and foodservice locations. Last year, in total, over 430 million Nathanís hot dogs were sold. For additional information about Nathanís please visit our website