Professional sports will return to our televisions later this summer and competitive eating will be the appetizer. Today, it was announced that the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place on July 4 without a crowd due to the coronavirus. The contest will be held in a private location on Coney Island and only feature five eaters at a time instead of the usual 15.
Reigning champs Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo will both participate. Chestnut has won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest 12 times and holds the world record of 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo has won the women’s contest six times and boasts an all-time best of 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, four shy of the women’s world record. The contest will be shown at noon on ESPN and Major League Eating (yes, it has its own league ) and contestants will make donations to food banks and honor essential workers in New York City.
“We’re ecstatic to make the announcement that the Hot Dog-Eating Contest will take place this year,” said James Walker, Nathan’s Famous Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “2020 has been a year for the history books, and the realization that this storied July 4 tradition would be able to occur, is a great feeling. With that being said, our country and our world has endured so much in the last couple of months, that we’d be remiss if we didn’t use this moment to honor those that have done so much for each of us during this time.”
“The Nathan’s Famous contest is synonymous with July 4, America and the celebration of freedom,” host George Shea said. “We are honored to use the contest to highlight the incredible spirit of those who have supported our city and nation through the current challenge.”
I think it’s time to bring back the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Live Blog, don’t you? Take it away, George Shea!