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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contest—Plant City, FL

Location: Plant City, FL
Date: 03-01-2015
Winner: Men's: Nate Biller (23); Women's: Mary Bowers (10)



The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL, will be the stage for a sanctioned hot dog-eating contest on Sunday March 1st, 2015, to qualify the champions who will compete in the 2015 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. The top male and top female finishers from this qualifier will earn a trip to compete at the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July 4th, 2015.

In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, holds the world record for eating 69 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his ninth straight title in 2015—a world record. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, NV, will defend her title as Female Champion. She consumed 34 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes in 2014.

The Nathan’s Famous qualifying tour is conducted each year in cities across the U.S. and beyond. Other qualifying events for the 2015 season are to be determined.

Do you have what it takes to challenge the reigning World Champions? If so, the time is now. Step up to the table for your shot at becoming a part of history!

This contest will take place on Sunday, March 1st, 2015, at 6pm, at the Tampa Bay Times Variety Stage at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL!

The top male and female finisher will each qualify for a spot to compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th, 2015.

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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.

About Nathan’s Famous Nathan’s 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 nine foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. At June 29, 2014, the Nathan’s restaurant system consisted of 311 units, comprised of 306 franchised restaurants and five company-owned units (including one seasonal unit). Nathan’s was ranked #55 on the Forbes list of the Best Small Companies in America and was listed as the Best Small Company in New York State in October 2013. Last year, over 480 million Nathan’s Famous hot dogs were sold. For additional information about Nathan’s please visit our website at

About The Florida Strawberry Festival Each spring, the annual Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL, attracts visitors from far and wide to partake in America’s time-honored tradition of celebrating the harvest. Since the festival began in 1930, the festival has attracted thousands of participants every year, and now ranks in the Top 40 Fairs in North America. Today, guests partake in classic American culture that can be enjoyed through the festival’s parades, craft and horticulture exhibits, eating contests, top-name entertainment, and more. This year, the festival will occur February 26th-March 8th, with the notable Nathan’s Famous eating contest occurring on Sunday, March 1st.

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