What better way to celebrate a holiday then to have an awesome eating competition. I saw the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest last year on television and have been pigstruck every since. I live for this competition! Every year, this competition is held on Coney Island in Brookyln, New York on July 4th. And, what better month to celebrate but in July when it is National Hot Dog month. I would just *love* to be there to watch in person… and maybe compete.
Twenty competitors stand behind a 30 foot long table and chow down against each other. They have a short ten minutes (which I’m sure seems like forever to them!) to eat as many hot dogs and buns as they possibly can. A designated score keeper stands behind each competitor and keeps up with how many hot dogs/buns each person is eating by holding up a sign for each person showing the number of dogs consumed.
Over the past several years, Joey Chestnut has won for the United States. Last year, he ate a total of 69 hot dogs/buns. The year before in 2012, he ate a total of 68 hot dogs/buns.
And, did you know that women are also in this competition? Over the past several years, Sonya Thomas – AKA Black Widow – has also won for the United States. Last year, she ate a total of 36 3/4 quarters of hot dogs/buns. The year before in 2012, she ate a total of 45 hot dogs/buns.
Here’s a picture of both of them –
Now I understand that competitor eaters are trained. But I have to tell you, I’m a natural born competitor eater. Look at this body – I am *made* for this competition… of course with beef hot dogs. I bet you I could do a big hurt on some of those dogs and at least tie Joey Chestnut.
I may have to venture outside into nature in the backyard when mom/dad grill our hot dogs this afternoon. You know, just to see if any of them just ‘happen’ to fall off the grill. Perhaps I can start my very own neighborhood eating competition for my four legged friends. Who’s in with me?
XOXO – Bacon
Note: picture taken from Internet