NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST, REIGNING CHAMP CHESTNUT CONSUMED OVER 23,000 CALORIES A YEAR AGO

Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island.
Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of Nathan's Famous hot dog swallowing competition, a 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition. The dogs will be served Saturday morning. Chestnut tipped the scales at a hearty 230 pounds while Michelle Lesco ranked the lightest competitor at 112 pounds. New Zealand native Nela Zisser, at 114 pounds, says she can out-eat her male counterparts. She previously won a pizza eating contest. The event also featured a ceremonial stare down between the competitors.
More than 30,000 are expected to witness the feeding frenzy.



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