Nathan’s Famous will host the Florida qualifier for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will take place at Germain Arena.
The top male and female finishers in the event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on July 4th, 2017, where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.
“The journey to July 4th and the high point of summer has begun,” said Scott Harvey, executive vice president of Nathan’s Famous. “Nathan’s is honored to be traveling the nation in search of new eating talent to participate in our annual July 4th tradition.”
“Competing in Coney Island on July 4th is item number one on most people’s bucket list,” said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. “Florida is known for great eaters and we are confident that we will find a local athlete in Fort Myers who can represent the great state of Florida on our nation’s birthday.”
Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, currently holds the title of hot dog-eating world champion after defeating Matt Stonie with a July 4th world-record 70-hot-dog performance in 2016. Chestnut’s all-time best is a world record 73 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, NV, will defend her title as female champion, having consumed 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2016.
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