July 4th, 2015
The 99th annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest was a huge success! With thousands of people gathering to witness history, we saw some incredible performances that caused shockwaves around the competitive eating landscape.
The Coney Island crowd came out in full force this year, proving again how much the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has become part of the July 4th Holiday Weekend. Fans, friends and family cheered on all the hopeful contestants, as they looked on at history in the making.
Reigning female champion Miki Sudo defended her title as she downed 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo out-ate former four-time champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who finished second by polishing off 34 hot dogs and buns.
Following the women’s championship, Joey Chestnut attempted to make Hot Dog Eating history (again) by winning his 9th straight championship title. But the day had a surprise in store, as Matt Stonie delivered a stunning defeat by downing 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, narrowly escaping Joey “Jaws” Chestnut’s 60 hot dogs and buns.
The Nathan’s Famous fan zone experience was packed with people, Nathan’s swag and the No. 43 Nathan’s Famous Car! Adding to this year’s fun was the Nathan’s Famous Original Selfie Sweepstakes, which paved the way for thousands of spectators to take selfie’s throughout the event. Even the ESPN correspondents got in on the action, by snapping a selfie with Brooklyn boxing legend, Paulie Malignaggi.
Overall it was an incredible weekend that had fans witness the crowning of a new champion. Will anyone ever reach the elusive 70 hot dog record? Find out next year at the corner of Surf and Stillwell as Nathan's celebrates its 100th year anniversary and hosts the 100th annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest!