Eating competitors were crowned today at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in the 18th annual qualifying competition for the 100th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY (Pictured: Michelle Lesco and Matt Stonie).
Matt Stonie and Michelle Lesco earned the title of “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions” securing a spot to compete in the legendary Coney Island competition on July 4. During the 10-minute challenge, Stonie earned top male honors, finishing 48 hot dogs while Lesco won the female division, eating 27 hot dogs.
In the local heroes competition, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department defeated Nellis Air Force Base, Clark County Fire Department, Tournament of Kings at Excalibur and Sean E. Cooper of FANTASY at Luxor by eating 30 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the Injured Police Officers Fund.
The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.
Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and safety standards are upheld at each event.