Some world-champion speed eaters attended a weigh-in today in the run-up to Coney Island’s annual July 4 hot dog contest.
Defending champions Joey Chestnut and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas weigh 210 and 100 pounds, respectively.
A display table held two platters of neatly stacked hot dogs and buns, along with two ornate champion belts – pink for her, mustard yellow for him.
Mayor Bloomberg officiated at the City Hall Park ceremony. After rattling off countless puns, including “dog fight,” the mayor threw caution to the wind.
He asked: “Who wrote this?”
The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.