BEREA, Ohio (WJW) — How many hot dogs can a human being eat in 10 minutes?
A handful of people from Northeast Ohio and beyond proved how many of the American staple they could ingest during Saturday’s qualifying event for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The afternoon event took place during Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds and FOX 8 was there to catch all of the action (as seen in the video player above).
The woman and man who took first place are headed to Coney Island come Fourth of July Weekend to take on eaters from all around the planet. Here’s who took the top spot in today’s competition.
Women’s winner: With 15 and a half hot dogs, it’s Larell Marie Mele from Pennsylvania
Men’s winner: With 50 hot dogs, it’s the No. 2 ranked Geoffrey Esper from Massachusets
The record for most hot dogs eaten in this annual contest is 76, reached by Joes Chestnut in 2021. For women, that number is 48 and a half, eaten by Miki Sudo in 2020.
Learn more about the competition and all events at this years Berea Rib Cook-Off, head here.