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Charlotte hot dog eaters, here’s your chance at fame

Joey Chestnut still holds the world record for eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Joey Chestnut still holds the world record for eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Observer files

How much do you like hot dogs? Forget that, because speed-eating (from what we hear) isn’t about tasting, it’s about chewing and swallowing. Chewing and swallowing really, really fast.

The Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest, held on Coney Island on July 4, will hold a regional tryout in Charlotte on May 28 at Speed Street. The top male and female finishers will quality for a spot at the big contest, facing the current champions, Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo.

Winning this contest for men means being able to down more than 60 hot dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes. For women, the standard is more than 30 dogs and buns. The world record is still held by former champion Joey Chestnut, at 69 dogs in 10 minutes.

The Charlotte event will be held at the Mello-Yello Stage, near Levine Avenue and Tryon Street. You have to be over 18 and you have to register in advance. Get the details at www.majorleagueeating.com.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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