Big Eaters Welcome--Hot Dog Eating Championship Tryouts Set for San Antonio

Attention, big eaters! Now is the chance to make a buck off your appetite.

News Radio 1200 WOAI reports Nathan's Famous will hold the Texas qualifying round for its annual Hot Dog-Eating Contest as part of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, which begins tomorrow.

“The launch of the Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest circuit means that we are on our way toward the most exciting day of the year: July 4,” said Phil McCann, Senior Director of Marketing of Nathan’s Famous. “We are seeking new talent in San Antonio to represent our nation on the most patriotic day of the year.”

The bizarre Independence Day competition has created the 'sport' of competitive eating, and last year attracted 35,000 fans to Coney Island in Brooklyn to watch the event, which is also televised on ESPN.

“The Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest is a holiday celebration that is recognized across the globe,” said Major League Eating Chair George Shea. “There is no greater honor on July 4 than competing against the greatest eaters in the world on the big stage in Coney Island.”

You are encouraged to bring your big appetite to the Stock Show and Rodeo at 2PM on February 23 and be prepared to eat like you mean it.

The winning man and woman will have the opportunity to compete for a position to challenge world class eater Joey Chestnut on July 4, 2019 at Coney Island.

Better be ready to swallow big-time. Chestnut's record is 74 hot dogs, complete with buns, in ten minutes. The reigning female top eater is Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, who downed 41 hot dogs and buns during the 10 minute competition.

PICTURE COURTESY: NATHAN'S FAMOUS

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