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Nathan’s hot dog eating contest history: What to know about Coney Island 4th of July tradition, records set by Joey Chestnut

NEW YORK – Few holiday traditions can be described as essentially American, such as Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Food Competition.

For generations, the annual Frankfurt Film Festival on July 4 took place outside Nathan’s iconic store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. In 2022, the competition will return to the iconic corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues after a two-year hiatus from the traditional site due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEE: Joey Chestnut eats 76 hot dogs and wins Nathan 14th title

What you need to know about the longest day in stomach-focused sports, according to Nathan’s Famous:

  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held on Coney Island every July 4 since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant, according to Major League Eating archives. Irish immigrant Jim Mullen won with 13 hot dogs and buns.
  • Winning his 14th title, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut set a new record in 2021, after eating 76 hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute competition.
  • Chestnut, from San Jose, California, won his first title in 2007 after shooting down 66 “HDBs”, dethroning Japanese Takeru Kobayashi.
  • Miki Sudo, the first woman in the world ranking of hot dogs, set the women’s record in 2020 with 48 hot dogs and buns. She missed the competition the following year due to her pregnancy.
  • The winners are crowned with the coveted International Mustard Yellow Mustard, her age unknown.
  • The 1920s saw alternating victories between Queens’ Stan Libnitz and Brooklyn’s Andrew Rudman until 1928 when Rudman won by half a franc. Libnitz allegedly accused Rudman of hitting him in the stomach with his elbow during their confrontation, according to Nathan’s, citing oral testimony.
  • The event was canceled in 1941 in protest of World War II.
  • In 2004, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas became the first woman to eat more than 30 dogs and buns.
  • Nathan’s Famous donates 100,000 hot dogs to the Food Bank of New York before the annual event.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will be broadcast live on Monday, July 4th. ESPN has exclusive live broadcast rights as of 10:45 a.m. ET until the end of the event, which is expected to be at 13:00 ET.

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