Registration is now open for a sanctioned qualifier in Southwest Florida for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Contest at Coney Island, Brooklyn. The event is free for participants and spectators, and will be held 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway in Estero, Fla.
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 atbit.ly/FortMyersHotDogContest.
All hot dog contest qualifier attendees will enjoy live music, free hot dogs and giveaways. Leading up to the event, visit Nathan’s Famous at 11150 S Cleveland Ave, Suite 100, Fort Myers to register to win a three-day cruise for two to the Bahamas. No purchase is necessary, but purchases qualify entrants for additional chances. The winner will be announced at the March 25 event.
In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. 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.
Nathan’s Famous Fort Myers owner Ray Masciana said, “The warm welcome we have received from Southwest Florida since opening last year has been overwhelming. As a thank you to the community, it’s thrilling to present an opportunity to qualify for the Hot Dog Eating Contest. Will we send a contender to Coney Island in July? I can’t wait to find out.”
The Nathan’s Famous qualifying tour is conducted each year in cities across the U.S. and beyond. Do you have what it takes to be a champion? For more information, visit the Fort Myers restaurant, call (239) 277-5600, or visitNathansFamousFortMyers.com.
About Nathan’s Fort Myers
The original Nathan’s was founded in 1916 by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker on Coney Island. The second Nathan’s Famous opened in Oceanside, NY, in 1955. Growing up just down the block from this landmark, Ray Masciana became a lifelong fan, which years later inspired him to bring Nathan’s to Southwest Florida, where he now resides. The Page Field Center location is Nathan’s first standalone restaurant in Florida. Its hangar-style architecture pays homage to Page Field Air Park, located directly across U.S. 41 in Fort Myers.
The restaurant houses a Yankee Clipper airplane with a 30-foot wingspan, that hangs from the roof joists and is suspended over the tables. Even its drive-through is innovative, featuring a video ordering system in which customers can see the person taking their orders. Nathan’s offers something for every palate, with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs of all kinds, chicken sandwiches, burgers, fries, Philly cheesesteaks, plus all the great offerings from Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips.