DENVER — Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating have announced they will hold a qualifier for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Colorado in May.

The Colorado qualifier will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m. at Coors Field in Denver.

The top male and female finishers in the event will qualify for a seat at the iconic Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on July 4 where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. 

“The launch of the Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest circuit means that we are on our way toward the most exciting day of the year: July 4,” said Phil McCann, Senior Director of Marketing of Nathan’s Famous, in a release. “We are seeking new talent in Denver to represent our nation on the most patriotic day of the year.”

Joey Chestnut set a new world record of 74 hot dogs and buns at the July 4 competition in 2018. 

“The Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest is a holiday celebration that is recognized across the globe,” said Major League Eating Chair George Shea. “There is no greater honor on July 4 than competing against the greatest eaters in the world on the big stage in Coney Island.”

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