Competitive eaters from across the country are training their stomachs for New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s 20th annual qualifying event for the 101st Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York (Pictured: Last year’s Female division eating champion, Michelle Lesco – Photo courtesy of New York-New York Hotel & Casino).
The main event will take place Saturday, April 22 at 3 p.m. as trained male and female competitors gather at Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York to compete for the title “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champion.” The two contest winners will advance to the July 4 finals in New York.
A special employee contest will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the service men and women contest at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
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, ensuring the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.
WHEN: Saturday, April 22
- 1 p.m. Employee Contest
- 2:30 p.m. Service Men and Women Contest
- 3 p.m. MAIN EVENT
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge
New York-New York Hotel & Casino
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.