July 4 Hot Dog Eating Contest

Hungry hot dog fans gathered in Coney Island on July 4 for the 97th annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Click through for photos of this July 4 tradition.

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On July 4, competitive eaters face off in an annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York. Hot dogs are on display during the official weigh-in for the 97th Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York. Click through to see more photos of the contest.
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Joey Chestnut, center, wins the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest with a total of 69 hot dogs and buns, alongside Tim Janus, left, and Matt Stonie, right, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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Joey Chestnut laughs as he stands on the scale during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York.
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Sonya Thomas smiles as she stands on the scale during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg eats a hot dog during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, watches and Joey Chestnut, left, and Sonya Thomas face off while eating a hot dog after the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York.
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Nathan's employees help the mascot get into his costume before the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York.
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