Nathan's hot dog eating contest to be held in Coney Island without crowd

Kimberly Dole
June 16, 2020 - 12:27 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Nathan's Famous' 2020 Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island will still be held on July 4, but this year there will be no crowd due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the annual contest will be held in a private location where proper COVID-19 safety measures can be taken.

The contest will air at noon ET on ESPN and feature 10-minute competitions for male and female eaters, including reigning champions Joey Chestnut and winner Miki Sudo.

"We're ecstatic to make the announcement that the Hot Dog-Eating Contest will take place this year," said James Walker, Nathan's Famous Senior Vice President, Restaurants. "2020 has been a year for the history books, and the realization that this storied July 4 tradition would be able to occur, is a great feeling. With that being said, our country and our world has endured so much in the last couple of months, that we'd be remiss if we didn't use this moment to honor those that have done so much for each of us during this time."

This year's competition will be dedicated to raising funds for food banks and to raising awareness of food bank needs and features an annual donation of 100,000 Nathan's Famous hot dogs to Food Bank for New York City.

Essential workers in New York City will also be honored.

"We owe so much to those that kept our communities fed and cared for during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to honoring them on July 4," Walker said.