Northeast Ohio Hosts Qualifying Round for Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

by Ella

Competitive eaters converged in Northeast Ohio for a thrilling qualifying round of the renowned Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. The event, held at Parma Rib ‘N Rock, determined the contestants who would earn the chance to compete at Coney Island on July 4, the pinnacle of competitive eating.

For participants like Nick Wehry, the allure of the Fourth of July spectacle at Coney Island is unparalleled. “There is nothing quite as electric as being on Coney Island the Fourth of July,” Wehry remarked, emphasizing the event’s unparalleled excitement and widespread viewership.


The qualifying round witnessed fierce competition, with Patrick Bertoletti emerging victorious in the men’s division by devouring an impressive 48.25 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in just 10 minutes. In the women’s category, Katie Prettyman secured the top spot by consuming 11 hot dogs within the same time frame.


Despite narrowly missing the first-place title, Wehry showcased remarkable prowess by securing second place in the men’s division with an impressive tally of 48 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Reflecting on his performance, Wehry highlighted the validation that comes with the dedication and hard work invested throughout the year.


The event also featured the presence of Miki Sudo, the number one ranked female eater globally and a nine-time champion. With an exceptional track record, including an all-time best of 48 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Sudo’s participation added to the event’s prestige and competitiveness.


As anticipation builds for the main event on July 4, where the world’s top eaters will compete for glory, fans can catch the action live on ESPN. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest promises to deliver thrills, excitement, and perhaps a few surprises, as competitors vie for the coveted title of champion.



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