Nathan’s hot dog contest returns on July 4th – outdoors and with a crowd

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America’s most delicious sausage war returns to Coney Island on July 4 – outdoors, in the sun, and open to the public – just like the boardwalk gods intended.

Nathan’s famous hot dog eating contest “is my Super Bowl.” It’s my Indy 500, ”competitive diet legend and metabolism miracle worker Joey“ Jaws ”Chestnut, from California, told The Post. “I can’t wait to be back in New York and do this the right way.”

The competition began in 1916, when Coney Island Francophile Jim Mullen, an Irish immigrant, ate 13 hot dogs.

It’s become a national holiday show in recent years, airing coast to coast on ESPN.

But last year, amid the COVID-19 panic, the contest was held inside for the first time known. Only a few media took part. Even nearby amusement parks have been closed, leaving Coney Island a bland and empty bun in itself.

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo pose after winning the contest in 2019.
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo pose after winning the contest in 2019.
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The event also lost much of its mustard without the loud crowds of beer and sunshine. Few have seen Chestnut set a world record, consuming an incredible 75 hot dogs with buns in just 10 minutes.

“It was weird, very weird,” Chestnut said.

The contest returns outside in all its foodie glory, but in a new location, Maimonides Park, the newly renamed home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, just steps from the traditional event location across from Nathan’s Famous on the corner of the Surf and Stillwell avenues. .

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest July 4th
The event took place indoors last year with only the media in attendance.
Paul Martinka

“Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest has been around longer than the Masters, longer than the NBA Championship and way longer than the Super Bowl,” boasted the Major League co-founder Eating, Richard Shea, whose company is hosting the event on behalf of Nathan Celebre. “This is one of the dates, if not the most venerable, on the sports calendar. Competed perhaps only by the Kentucky Derby.

Tickets for the competition are free and available at MajorLeagueEating.com.

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