Nathanís Famous Fourth Of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest

Annual Competition in Coney Island on July 4, 2015!

Joey Chestnut Faces Matt Stonie; Sonya Thomas Seeks to Regain Title from Miki Sudo!

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The 2015 Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will take place in Coney Island from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The annual contest will occur, as it has for the better part of a century, at the Nathanís Famous flagship restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Brooklyn, NY.

The womenís competition will begin at 11:00AM, while the menís competition will start at 12:30PM and will be broadcast on ESPN 2. Pre-show festivities will start at 10:00AM; scheduled appearances include performances by NYC-based brass band The Lucky Chops, bagpipe-and drum duo Scottish Octopus and a K-Pop choreography showcase by I Love Dance studio.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, holds the world record for eating 69 Nathanís Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his ninth straight title this year. However, 22-year-old Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, has promised he will beat Chestnut. In the past year, Stonie has defeated Chestnut in competitions featuring Twinkies, poutine, pumpkin pie and gyros.

In the womenís competition, Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, VA, who set a world record by consuming 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, will seek to regain her title from Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas, NV. Sudo won in Coney Island last year and currently possesses the Nathanís Famous Ladies Championship Belt. Sudo is also known for having eaten 104 hard-boiled eggs in eight minutes.

In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island to watch the contest in person. The ESPN telecast of the event routinely draws an audience of millions of viewers. As part of the event, Nathanís Famous will make a donation of 100,000 Nathanís Famous hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City, as it does each year.

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.