ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A competition for someone to eat their way into Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Busch Stadium this summer.
The Missouri qualifier will take place on June 1 in the Ford Plaza at Busch Stadium, before that day's St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs game. The top male and female finishers in the event will qualify for a seat at the national competition on July 4 in New York.
The contest will begin at 4:45 p.m., just a few hours before first pitch of the Cardinals/Cubs game. Unfortunately registration has been closed due to capcity, so there's no more room to join the local competition.
The winners will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn. ESPN will again televise this year's finals.
At the 2018 event, Chestnut of San Jose, CA, ate 74 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes to set a new World Record. Sudo of Las Vegas, NV, won the Ladies’ Title with 37 Hot Dogs and Buns.
The Nathan’s Famous qualifying tour is conducted each year in cities across the U.S. and beyond. Nathan’s Famous products are currently sold in more than 58,000 retail and food service locations, and are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands, and in 12 foreign countries. Through all channels of distribution, over 600 million Nathan’s world famous beef hot dogs were sold last year.