Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Slideshow

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Host Jon Hein of Fast Food Mania gets the crowd going outside Nathan's Hot Dogs on Coney Island July 4.

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Host Jon Hein of Fast Food Mania gets the crowd going outside Nathan's Hot Dogs on Coney Island July 4.

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Hot dogs sit as props on stage.

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As a pregame to the hot dog eating competition, Miss New York and others had to find (fake) nickels in a big vat of all-American apple pie.

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The scoreboard announces the current records at Nathan's Annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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Host Jon Hein, who was probably dying in the 90-degree heat.

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One of the female competitors dances on stage during her entrance.

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Winner Sonya Thomas goes into the crowd after receiving her trophy.

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The three winners of the men's competition, including Tim "Eater X" Janus (second place) and Joey Chestnut (first), convene on stage. Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs; Janus ate 52.

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A competitor in the men's competition shows off his bright gold shorts.

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Competitor Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago ripped off his shorts onstage to reveal a Magic Mike worthy patriotic thong. He ended up eating 51 hot dogs, in third place.

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19-year-old Matt Stonie ate 34 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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The men's competition and its top four contenders.

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The female competition, and the top three contenders.

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Eater X and Joey Chestnut compete in the men's competition.

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Winners Sonya Thomas and Joey Chestnut, at the end of it all.