Monday, July 4, 2011

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, A New York Independence Day Tradition

A colorful tradition of Independence Day in New York City, the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual international competitive eating competition. It is held every July 4th at Nathan's Famous Corporation's original and best-known restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island in Brooklyn. This year, four-time defending champion, American Joey Chestnut won again by consuming 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. For the first time, the women's division was also held, and Virginia native Sonya Thomas who downed 40 hot dogs won. Both winners took home $10,000 each and the coveted mustard-yellow belt for Chestnut, and a pink belt for Thomas. The contest was televised live on ESPN. 

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