Crowds will flock to Coney Island on Wednesday to watch a time-honored holiday tradition: the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
Manual counts initially found that Joey Chestnut, the men's champion, had eaten 64 hot dogs, rather than the world record-breaking 74 hot dogs that he actually consumed.
As for the critics and the naysayers, or for those who might get a bit nauseous at the idea of 74 hot dogs within 10 minutes, Shea encourages folks to give the spectacle a shot.
After winning this year's event, Chestnut has now won 11 of the last 12 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests. Now, 11 years later, he has become the veteran with the target on his back. So, maybe something like MLB's Statcast, but for hot dogs. Then, it was discovered that a counter didn't count another plate which propelled Jaws' final tally to a record 74.More news: Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains
"I really wasn't looking to beat my personal best or even a record".
Chestnut broke the record that he had set in 2016 when he ate 73.5 hot dogs in a qualifier.
Since 1972, thousands of curious onlookers have gathered at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, New York to witness the gastronomical feat known as the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Interest in the competition has grown in recent years thanks in large part to the rivalry of star eaters like Chestnut.
This afternoon in New York, Joey Chesnutt was once again crowned the victor of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.