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Hot dog lovers: Are you the next Joey Chestnut?

Did you ever watch the Nathan’s Famous hot-dog eating contest on the Fourth of July and boast that you too could do that?
Now you have your chance to show off your competitive-eating chops. And Vallejo is where the relish meets the road.
On Saturday, June 16, Safeway Supermarkets and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will team up to host Nathan’s California qualifying competition to find the best male and female competitive eaters.
“Some of the most accomplished eaters in the world will compete at this event, but we also are seeking new talent in Vallejo to represent our nation on the most patriotic day of the year,” Scott Harvey, executive vice president of Nathan’s Famous, said in a statement.
That means you won’t have to compete against champion Chestnut, of San Jose, who scarfed down 72 hot dogs and buns in 2017 to again take the title — that win gives him a spot in this year’s finals. The women’s winner, Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, automatically gets to defend her title too. She ate 41 hot dogs and buns last year.
There’s more good news: San Jose’s other eating champ, Matt Stonie, will not be competing in this particular qualifier. So you don’t have to worry about him and his 2015 Nathan’s record of 62 hot dogs.
However, contestants from across the United States will be applying for the California event, a spokeswoman said. So start practicing your competitive eating skills now if you want to spend July 4 on the stage at Coney Island.
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And forget what we said about relish! Naked dogs and buns (soaked in water) go down much faster.
To apply for a spot, register at www.majorleagueeating.com . Applicants must be 18 or older.

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