Love hot dogs? Here's how to enter the Nathan's Famous competitive eating contest at the Iowa State Fair


Think you have what it takes to beat the current reigning champions of a national hot dog eating competition? Now’s your chance to start training.

Nathan’s Famous will host the Iowa qualifier for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on Aug. 11.

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The professionally judged event will take place at the Susan Knapp Amphitheatre at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on the corner of East University Avenue and East 30th Street.

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The top male and female finishers in the event will qualify for a seat at next year’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

“The launch of the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest circuit signals the arrival of summer,” said Scott Harvey, executive vice president of Nathan’s Famous. “Some of the most accomplished eaters in the world will compete at this event.”
 
Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, currently holds the title of hot dog-eating world champion after defeating rising star Carmen Cincotti and setting a new world record and Coney Island record of 74 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes in the 2018 contest.

Miki Sudo of Las Vegas will defend her title as female champion, having consumed 37 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes in 2018. Her all-time best is 41 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in ten minutes.

About 35,000 fans travel to Coney Island every year to watch the event in person. Millions of viewers have watched the live telecast of the event since ESPN first aired the contest in 2004.

Since 1916, the hot dog eating contest has occurred each July Fourth in Coney Island, New York. That year, Nathan Handwerker opened the beloved restaurant. Last year, more than 500 million Nathan’s Famous hot dogs were sold.

For more information and to register, go to majorleagueeating.com. All competitors must be over 18 years of age.

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