Competitive eaters from across the region are building their appetites and training their stomachs for New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s 17th annual qualifying event for the 99th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. (Pictured: Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler and Miki Sudo were winners of last year’s event).
The first stop on this year’s national qualifying tour route is Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. on New York-New York’s brand new Strip-side plaza. During the main event, male and female winners will be crowned “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions” earning the right to represent Las Vegas in the July 4 finals. A special employee contest along with a “Heroes” competition for charity will begin at 1 p.m.
In addition to Las Vegas, regional qualifying competitions will also take place in several cities around the U.S.
The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred every July 4 in Coney Island since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.
Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.
WHEN: Saturday, April 26
- 1 p.m. Employee Contest
- 2:30 p.m. Heroes Contest (Military personnel and first responders)
- 3 p.m. MAIN EVENT
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York3790 Las Vegas Blvd S