20 Strangest Food Competitions in America Slideshow

20. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: New York

One of the best-known food contests in the country, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island occurs every Fourth of July and attracts huge crowds who are eager to watch professional competitive eaters consume as many hot dogs and buns as possible in 10 minutes. This year, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won his seventh consecutive title by downing a record-breaking 69 hot dogs and buns. There is also a woman’s competition, and the winner of the title this year was Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who consumed 36 and ¾ hot dogs.