1. Joey Chestnut at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
At that point, it began to rain.
Many of the onlookers at Tuesday’s event in Coney Island wore Nathan’s foam hot dog hats or blue caps donated by an antacid firm, both of which seemed to embody the spirit of the day.
Lightning and heavy rain slammed the region only minutes before the men’s division of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest was about to begin, forcing spectators to seek shelter or higher ground. Security guards were dismantling the stage and shooing away any remaining attendees around 1:30 p.m., confirming claims in the media that the performance had been canceled.
However, the event’s organizers said that no decision to cancel had been taken, and the competition restarted just after 2 p.m. once the rain had stopped.
George Shea, who was the emcee of the event as well as the promoter, told the people who were still there that “We will never surrender.”
At 2:20 p.m., the men’s competition began, and order was swiftly restored when the reigning champion and prohibitive favorite, Joey Chestnut, effortlessly defended his title by consuming 62 hot dogs.
It was anticipated that the reigning women’s champion, Miki Sudo, would easily win the competition for the women’s division. She was successful, winning the competition by eating 39.5 hot dogs in 10 minutes, which was just six more than her closest rival, Mayoi Ebihara, in a finish that was far closer than anybody anticipated.
After then, the weather took a turn for the worse, causing scenes of mayhem as hundreds of people ran for their lives. Others just walked back to their homes, while others sought safety at the neighboring metro station.
2. History of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
According to the information provided by the Fire Department, emergency responders responded to a call around three blocks away from the competition reporting that at least one person had been electrocuted. Two persons were rushed to Lutheran Medical Center; it was uncertain whether they had been struck by lightning, and it was also unknown what their conditions were at the time of their arrival.
According to Dawn Tolson, executive director of the city’s Citywide Event Coordination and Management office, the lightning prompted city and police authorities to order the evacuation of the competition area. This was done in response to the evacuation order.
According to urban legend, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest has been taking place on a yearly basis since 1916. The truth, however, does not square with the legend: in 2010, one of the original organisers of the event, Mortimer Matz, revealed that they had made up the genesis tale in the “Coney Island pitchman style.” Joey Chestnut did it.
It was really in the early 1970s that the event got its start, and its present iteration is powered by a supercharged dosage of puns and patriotism courtesy of Mr. Shea, who co-manages the event with his brother, Rich Shea.
The Sheas have, over the course of many years, subtly pressured mayors such as Rudolph W. Giuliani, Michael R. Bloomberg, and Bill de Blasio to preside over weigh-in ceremonies that are full of one-line groaners.
They have turned the event that was first held on Coney Island into a national spectacle of competitive eating that is managed by Major League Eating. This organization refers to itself as “the governing body of all stomach-centric sports.” The competition for the men was shown live on ESPN2, while the competition for the ladies was broadcast live on the ESPN app and delayed on ESPN2.
The Fourth of July brings to mind, for the majority of Americans, images of fireworks, time spent with family, and barbecues. But hours before any of those activities begin in earnest, the focus of many people in the United States shifts to a peculiar sight that has evolved into yet another holiday custom: the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The event held on July 4 generally attracts thousands of viewers who suffer the heat and the affects of unexplainable fervor in order to see an elite corps of competitive eaters ingest as many hot dogs as is humanly feasible in a period of ten minutes. Joey Chestnut really smash it.
3. Worthy Prize for Joey Chestnut
The majority of the world’s population that consumes meat gives the phrase “humanly possible” one connotation, whereas the majority of the contenders give it an entirely another one. This is especially true in the case of Mr. Joey Chestnut and Ms. Sudo, who returned to maybe broaden our understanding of what is possible for human beings.
Mr. Joey Chestnut now owns the record for the most number of hot dogs and buns consumed in 10 minutes, with 76, while Ms. Sudo currently holds the record for the most number of hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes with 48.5. Both of them were tremendous betting favorites to come out on top.