Nathan's 4th of July hotdog eating contest

Posted at Jul 04 2012 02:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2012 10:24 PM

It’s the fourth of July, and aside from fireworks, it’s also time for champion eaters to head to New York for Nathan’s 4th of July hotdog eating contest.

It’s considered the most prestigious of eating contests, with champions automatically shooting to gourmet stardom.

This year’s defenders are 210-pound Joey Chestnut and 100-pound Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas.

Thomas will try to eat as many hotdogs as her age – 45 – while Chestnut’s goal is to beat his record of 68 hotdogs in ten minutes, or he will beat legendary champion Takeru Kobayashi if he shows up.

[email protected], July 4, 2012