Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island saw Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo once again top the eating competition.
At first it sounds outrageous but Chestnut made history on Tuesday by eating a record-setting 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Well, that’s a big deal for an average individual, but for the No. 1-ranked eater in the world, it was simply a walk in the park.
Following the loss of his championship Mustard Belt in 2015 to Matt Stonie, Chestnut went all out and reclaimed it last year, eating 70 franks in 10 minutes. This year was Chestnut's 10th victory in the men's competition.
The reigning women’s champion for 2016 managed to retain her championship by downing 41 hot dogs and buns. Sudo has had four-straight wins at the annual competition, which draws hundreds of spectators each year.
The stage, which was adorned in hot dog hats, had about 1,000 people packed in front of it holding signs that said, "Man buns no, hot dog buns yes," and "Grab 'em by the wiener," an apparent reference to an infamous tape of President Donald Trump, before he took office, in which he made a lewd comment about women.
Thousands of people spilled into the streets of Coney Island, hoping to catch a glimpse of who the real wiener would be. Life-sized hot dogs milled around the area while volunteers chucked T-shirts into the cheering crowd.
Danielle Stogdill, 38, of Sunnyside, revealed that she had a blast attending the event. Stogdill revealed that the event was her third year as a spectator. The crowd enjoyed the entertainment from the musicians throughout the afternoon as they listened to patriotic tunes ranging from funk-rock blues to hip-hop grooves.
Christopher Stogdill, 48, also of Sunnyside, said the contest is a classic Fourth of July tradition that attracts spectators. Stogdill reiterated that the competition is classically American and everyone seems to love the thrill involved.