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Nevada Champions Crowned at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Nevada Champions Crowned at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Champions were crowned today at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in the 19th annual qualifying competition for the 100th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY (Pictured: Male Division champ Rich LeFevre – Photo courtesy of New York-New York Hotel & Casino)

Female division eating champion Michelle Lesco
Female division eating champion Michelle Lesco

Photo courtesy of New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Rich LeFevre, a local Henderson, Nev., resident, and Michelle Lesco each earned the title of “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champion” securing a spot to compete in the legendary Coney Island competition on July 4.

Nevada eating contestants at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Nevada eating contestants at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Photo courtesy of New York-New York Hotel & Casino

During the ten-minute challenge, LeFevre earned top male honors, finishing 30 hot dogs while Lesco won the female division, eating 28 hot dogs.

Nevada eating contestants at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Nevada eating contestants at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Photo courtesy of New York-New York Hotel & Casino

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.

Nevada Champions Crowned at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casin
Nevada Champions Crowned at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Photo courtesy of New York-New York Hotel & Casino

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.