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Las Vegas: Chowhounds will chow down in a bid for eating crown

April 15, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department downed a combined 26 hot dogs to win a competition among first responders and military personnel during the 2012 contest at New York-New York.
Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department downed a combined… (MGM Resorts International )

Competitive eaters will don their bibs and face off Saturday in Las Vegas in a hot dog-eating contest at New York-New York.

The competition, which will take place on the resort’s Brooklyn Bridge, is a preliminary round for the international championship, which will be July 4 in New York City.

The pigout gets underway at 1 p.m. as hotel employees compete for bragging rights. At 2:30, local first responders and military personnel will go head-to-head in a chow-down for charity.

In 2012, a team of officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department won the $1,000 prize by downing 26 dogs.

The main event starts at 3 p.m. The winners in both the men’s and women’s categories will represent Las Vegas in the 98th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. 

Last year’s winners, Sean Gordon and Juliet Lee, downed 30 and 27 hot dogs, respectively, during the allotted 10 minutes.

A group called Major League Eating sanctions the event and makes sure that it is professionally judged. Admission is free.

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