New York's annual hot dog eating contest kicks off

New York's annual hot dog eating contest kicks off

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg eats a hot dog at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 12:16 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Coney Island is preparing for some major-league eating.

Two reigning champion chowers and their challengers are gathering for New York's annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest in Brooklyn.
   
Joey Chestnut is vying for his sixth straight victory. He holds the record of 68 hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute showdown.
   
Chestnut hails from San Jose, Calif. He says he couldn't care less about breaking his record, he just wants to win.
   
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., says she wants to beat her own record of 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. She's aiming for 45 in the women's competition.
   
The winners get $10,000.
   
The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.
 

 

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