Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest Photos from Years Past
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Hot Dog Eating Contest Photos from Years Past
The Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held at Nathan’s Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island each year since 1916, according to legend.
At midday each Fourth of July, a group of 20 steely-eyed individuals line up behind a 30-foot table to begin the 12-minute contest. These competitors, known in the sport of competitive eating as gurgitators, may not appear athletic to the untrained eye of John Q. Public. However, they are among the finest athletes in the world.