RELEASE - Nathan’s Famous will conduct the 2020 Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The annual contest, an American holiday tradition that traditionally has been held on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues for generations, will take place in a private location with COVID-19 safety measures in place. It is one of the first major [televised] post-COVID competitive events to be held in the United States.
The event will feature 10-minute competitions for leading male and female eaters, including Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, and Miki Sudo of Torrington, CT. Twelve-time champion Chestnut holds the world record of 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo, whose all-time best is 41 hot dogs and buns, has won the contest six times. The women’s world record is 45 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
You. Can't. Stop. Greatness.
Sure, there might be a beef shortage in America right now but that's just because they needed to make sure they have enough beef leftover for Joey Chestnut to lock up his 13th World Championship on July 4th to continue cementing his legacy as the greatest eater to ever walk the Earth. This sick bastard set a record of devouring 74 dogs back in 2018 and you're out of your goddamn mind if you don't think he's going to come out this year and put on a performance of the ages. The entire world needs some inspiration and motivation right now, and Joey Jaws is going to be there to deliver it to them.
Sure, there may not be a crowd in attendance so we'll miss the splash zone during this year's battle. But the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has always, and will always, be about the dogs and the competitors. The world has grown accustomed to seeing Joey Jaws putting on the most Patriotic performance on the 4th of July since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and there's nothing that was going to stop that from happening this year. Not even a global pandemic that caused pretty much the entire world to shutdown for months on end.
Grab your wieners and dunk your buns. I'll see all you beautiful people on the 4th.
P.S. - Chestnut heading into the contest fresh off of his MLE Quarantine Challenge Championship. This weapon is fully locked and loaded for a 13th belt.