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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - Charlotte, NC

Location: Charlotte, NC
Date: 05-23-2015
Winner: Men's: Gideon Oji (16); Women's: BeeJay Alexander (14)


Nathan’s Famous, Inc. has unveiled the official list of 12 cities to host hot dog-eating contests in 2015 to qualify the champions who will compete in the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest.

This year’s circuit began on March 1 in Plant City, FL, and will stop at 12 other cities before the final event takes place on July 4, 2015 at the Nathan’s Famous flagship, which is celebrating its 99th year on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island. Host cities of the 2015 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit include Plant City, FL; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Houston, TX; St. Louis, MO; Charlotte, NC; Pocono, PA; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Lincoln, NE; Rochester, NH; Cleveland, OH; and Sonoma, CA.

The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a spot to compete in the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan’s 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 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 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and will seek his ninth straight title this year. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, NV won her first title in last year’s championship where she consumed 34 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes. Miki will defend her title as Female Champion in this year’s championship and seek a second win.

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 May 23rd, 2015, at 6pm local time, at the Speed Street Festival, Charlotte, NC!

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.

About Nathan's Famous, Inc. 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 ten foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. Last year, over 480 million Nathan's Famous hot dogs were sold. Nathan's 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.

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