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Nathan's Famous will hold its 4th of July competition with no fans
 Eleven-time and defending men's champion Joey Chestnut participates in Nathan's Famous international Fourth of July hot dog eating contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Eleven-time and defending men's champion Joey Chestnut participates in Nathan's Famous international Fourth of July hot dog eating contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (KY3)
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 6:21 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Nathan’s Famous will hold its 2020 Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest on July 4 but without a crowd.

There will also be legal betting allowed on the event for the first time in history. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement approved wagering on the hot dog eating competition this year under certain conditions, according to ESPN.

No live betting is allowed so any wagering must come to an end before the event begins.

The annual hot dog eating contest, an American holiday tradition normally held on Coney Island will instead take place in a private location with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

The event will feature 10-minute competitions for leading male and female eaters, including 12-time champion Joey Chestnut and six-time winner Miki Sudo.

Chestnut will defend his crown. He holds the world record for eating 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2018.

Joey Chestnut reacts after winning the men's competition of Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
Joey Chestnut reacts after winning the men's competition of Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)(WITN)

The contest, which features an annual donation of 100,000 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to Food Bank for New York City, will be dedicated to raising funds for food banks and to raising awareness of food bank needs.

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