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.
* 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