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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – Pleasanton, CA

Location: Pleasanton, CA
Date: 06-18-2022

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Pleasanton, CA, will host a sanctioned Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, to qualify contestants who will compete in the 2022 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. The top three male and top three female finishers from this qualifier will be invited to compete at the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July 4th, 2022. This year’s contest will return to the iconic Nathan’s Famous flagship restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island.

For decades, tens of thousands have made the pilgrimage to Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island to watch the event in-person. At last year’s event, Joey Chestnut consumed a world-record 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, beating Geoffrey Esper, who finished in second place, and Nick Wehry, who finished third. Michelle Lesco of Tucson, AZ, won the women’s contest last year by eating 30.75 hot dogs and buns. She will defend her title against Sudo, whose personal best is a women's record 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

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 at the Alameda County Fair— held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566—at 3pm local time on Saturday, June 18th, 2022!

The top three male and three female finishers 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, 2022.

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, and 17 foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. For additional information about Nathan's, please visit our website at

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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.tion, location and prize structure.

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