Since 1972, thousands of curious onlookers have gathered at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, New York to witness the gastronomical feat known as the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Eating's elite gather each year to see how many hot dogs they can stomach in 10 minutes. Here, scenes from this year's record-breaking competition on July 4. (Above: Defending champion Joey Chestnut)Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images SETTING THE STAGE Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION
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