Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship Regional Finals to be Held in Las Vegas June 5 ***Very Visual B-Roll Includes The Main Event Hot Dog Eating Contest and

Soundbites From Record-Setting Contenders***



    NEW YORK, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The road to New York City runs through
 New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The most gastronomically
 superior competitors in the region will descend upon the Las Vegas resort for
 the regional finals of Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship.
     The regional contest will take place Thursday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. on the
 Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York. The contest is one in a series of
 nationwide qualifying events to locate culinary athletes with the skill,
 determination and spirit to represent the United States at the Nathan's Famous
 Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, which has been held each
 year since 1916 on July 4 in Coney Island, NY.
     The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City and the
 right to represent the United States in the 88th Annual Fourth of July
 International Hot Dog Eating Championship.  Individuals 18 years of age or
 older are eligible to compete.
     Las Vegas is a major stop on Nathan's Famous American tour that has been
 launched to identify the nation's finest hot dog eaters.  For the past two
 years, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan has won the national Fourth of July contest.
 In 2002, Kobayashi set a new world record by consuming 50 1/2 hot dogs and
 buns in 12 minutes.
     "The coveted Mustard Yellow International Belt, the World Cup of
 competitive eating has been held by Japanese competitors four of the past five
 years, and many patriotic eating fans feel the belt should be on American
 soil," said George Shea, spokesperson for Nathan's Famous.
     For more information, or to sign up, visit www.NathansFamous.com.
 
      Soundbites:
      * Winner of Hot Dog Eating Championship
      * Losing finalist of Hot Dog Eating Championship
      * George Shea, spokesperson for Nathan's Famous
 
     VIDEO PROVIDED BY: NATHAN'S FAMOUS and NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO
 
 

SOURCE Nathan's Famous; New York-New York Hotel & Casino

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