How the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Became a Worldwide Event

Coney Island is an iconic New York vacationer attraction recognized for its boardwalk, seashores, rides, and video games. But on July 4, folks flock to it for a completely completely different cause — the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. In reality, some 50,000 folks swamp the nook of Surf and Stillwell each summer season to be spectators for one in all the most intense, bizarre, and downright American sporting occasions. The spectacle is broadcast worldwide through ESPN every year and just lately spawned an installment of ESPN’s award-winning documentary sequence 30 for 30.

“It’s my Super Bowl,” says Joey “Jaws” Chestnut — an American aggressive internetcurrently ranked first in the world by Major League Eating. Chestnut is amongst opponents who yearly assemble onstage to see who can eat the most sizzling canine in 10 minutes. “Competitive eating is a little out there,” admits Chestnut. “But not the Fourth of July Hot Dog contest, that one’s a part of pop culture.”

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