Fireworks and parades and family time are all nice, but everyone knows the real jewel of the Fourth of July is the annual Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Eating Contest.
Joey Chestnut wound up winning the men's contest for the 11th time, eating 64 hot dogs while Miki Sudo won the women's competition with 35 hot dogs. Or at least he swallowed them after dipping them in water. That day, he broke his 2016 personal record of 70 dogs, and spectators are committed to seeing whether he can pull off a similar feat this year. The video is below, but be warned - it's hardly ASMR.
The 2018 competition ran into some mishaps regarding the actual number of hot dogs consumed.
As crowds donning hot dog hats packed Coney Island, Chestnut alternated between shoving two hot dogs and two buns into his mouth for the duration of the competition. Prior to the main event, the Women's Championship will begin at 10:50 a.m. ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns.
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The hearing will also be an opportunity for family of the victims, which ranged in age from 17 to 61, to address the men. Harris and Almena both lived in the warehouse with about 20 other people, including the latter's wife and children.
In addition to his big win, Joey was ranked No. 1 in the world by the Major League Eating. She competed against 19 women this year.
Chestnut won his 11th Mustard Belt in a row. The women's record is held by Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who ate 45 in 2012. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are once again back to defend their titles in 2018, as Coney Island provides the backdrop for the most intense sporting event of the year.
"Lee, who is 5'5" and 100 pounds, is among the top-ranked world eating champions in the world. Sudo has plans to enter this year's competition as well.
The sport-although some critics refuse to label competitive eating as an athletic contest-was held in 1972 and was won by Jason Schechter who ate a modest 14 hot dogs.