Hot dog eating contest qualifier coming to Southwest Florida

Posted at 2:00 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 14:00:42-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Do you think you have what it takes to face off against hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut?  You could earn a chance to compete against him this month in Estero.

A sanctioned qualifier for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Contest will be taking place on March 25th at Germain Arena in Estero.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and attendees will enjoy live music, free hot dogs, and giveaways.

The men’s and women’s division winners will receive airfare, hotel and per diem expenses to compete at the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July 4, 2017.

Visit the registration link to compete at

In 2016, Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record on the Fourth of July when he ate 70 Nathan’s Famous hot dog and buns in 10 minutes to reclaim the Mustard Yellow Belt and earn his ninth title. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas won the Ladies’ Title with 38.5 Hot Dogs and Buns—her third straight victory.