Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: 3 Reasons to Watch Exciting Event

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJuly 4, 2012

NEW YORK - JULY 4:  Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California (C) and Takeru Kobayashi of Nagano, Japan (R) stuff hot dogs into their mouths during Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on July 4, 2009 in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  Chestnut defeated Kobayashi with eating 68 to his 64.5 hotdogs. Kobayashi won six previous competitions before tying last year with Chestnut. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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One of the most exciting Fourth of July events is the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest that takes place every year in Coney Island in New York.

Let's look at why you should make room in your holiday schedule to watch this competition.


Competitive eating is fun to watch

You may not find competitive eating to be an entertaining form of television, but on the Fourth of July, it's certainly something worth watching.

The fact that many of these people can eat over 30 hot dogs in a very small amount of time is quite remarkable.

This is arguably the most prestigious competitive eating event of the year, so you know that the contestants will give their maximum effort.


The competition doesn't last long

Of all the activities and events you will participate in on the Fourth of July, watching the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest may take the least amount of time.

The competition rarely lasts more than 10-12 minutes, so it won't take up a large portion of the day.


Joey Chestnut is a star

Joey Chestnut will attempt to add a sixth Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest title to his impressive competitive eating resume on Wednesday. Seeing if Chestnut can make history will make this event worth watching.

He is also the defending champion, and all the other contestants will be determined to prevent Chestnut from getting all the praise with a victory of their own.

There is no better way for these contestants to make a name for themselves in competitive eating than to defeat Joey Chestnut at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Fourth of July.