Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest mulls tech overhaul after scoring mistakes

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest mulls tech overhaul after scoring mistakes

That said, Chestnut a year ago earned almost $139 for every hot dog he ate.

The 2018 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place from 11 a.m. EST to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. It will also be interesting to see if Chestnut can break the record he set a year ago when he ate an astounding 72 hot dogs - buns included - in just 10 minutes.

For the first time in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Contest History, a mother and daughter competed against each other.

Joey Chestnut eats 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in NY.

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It is a tradition to grill hot dogs on the fourth of July, and this was later turned into a spectator sport, which is considered a big part of the Independence Day celebrations.

As for the critics and the naysayers, or for those who might get a bit nauseous at the idea of 74 hot dogs within 10 minutes, Shea encourages folks to give the spectacle a shot. He won last year's competition by eating 72 hot dogs. The victory handed him the coveted Mustard Belt for the eleventh time in his "hot dog-eating" career.

Washington, D.C.'s, record hot dog eater Juliet Lee shared her secret to competitive eating ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. The winners in 2017 were Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. Women's victor Miki Sudo also took home $10,000.

Sudo downed 41 franks and buns a year ago. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally previous year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco. Held annually each year, today's contest was the 102nd since the eating event was inaugurated. Over the decades, it's become a major event: tens of thousands of spectators gather to watch the food battle go down, in which dozens of competitors stuff their faces as rapidly as possible with processed meat and buns. Five protesters were taken into custody for questioning and later released.

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