Monday, July 04, 2005

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

I went to Coney Island to see the hot dog eating contest outside Nathan's Famous hot dog stand. Here is what I saw:

The crowd gathers at the corner of Stillwell & Surf Avenues in Coney Island Brooklyn for the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The Wall of Fame for the winners of the Hot Dog Eating Contest. The wall includes the immediate past winners of the contest, countdown to the next hot dog eating contest and the records for the male and female consumptions in the allotted 12 minutes.

The media throng attending the event. ESPN broadcasted the event live!

The singing of the American National Anthem.

The crowd is so large that the police had to close Surf Avenue!

Fuji Film blimp is seen hovering overhead covering the momentus event in hot dog swilling history.

The Bus of Champions arrives!

The kids neatness contest starts. The kids have to eat a hot dog in a minute. In order to win you must have the cleanest hands, face and shirt.

Just to be sure everyone is safe paramedics and FDNY watch out from the roof of Nathan's Famous.

The contest begins!

The winner (with yellow headband) Takeru Kobayashi with 49 hot dogs consumed in 12 minutes.

All in all quite a number of hot dogs were ingested by 20 competitors.

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