The annual New York show that’s full of faces returns to Coney Island on July 4, and all eyes continue to be on defending champion Joey Chestnut.
Competitors weighed in Friday for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest, where some of the world’s best eaters plan to compete.
Chestnut holds the world record for eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes, which he set in last year’s contest. He is aiming for his 15th victory in the competition this year, while recovering from a ruptured tendon.
“It’s the first year I’ve had a real injury, so I’m trying to overcome it. I haven’t won a competition all year, so I really hope I can find my happiness. I hope may the energy of the audience push me,” Chestnut said at the Friday weigh-in.
Last year’s Women’s Champion Michelle Lesco ate 30 and 3/4 hot dogs. Lesco knocked down Miki Sudo, who had won the women’s competition every year from 2014 to 2020 but skipped last year’s competition due to pregnancy.
Sudo will return to compete this year.
About 35,000 people are expected to attend the event at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island.
For more information on the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and to view the Hot Dog Eating Hall of Fame, visit their website here.