MONTVILLE, NJ - René Rovtar achieved a life-long goal when she landed a spot in the 2017 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. The Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent qualified for the 100th Annual Fourth of July competition at Coney Island by eating seven hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes at the Circle K Speed Street qualifier in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 27, 2017.
More than 18 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifiers are held annually across the nation.
The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual Independence Day American hot dog competitive eating event.
According to NathansFamous.com, “Each year, the greatest competitive eaters on earth gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, to compete, as they have since 1916.”
On Tuesday, July 4, Rovtar will be among the competitive eaters who will gather to compete for the International title.
“This was planned,” said Rovtar of her participation in the qualifying competition. “It was a bucket list thing for me to qualify.”
She noted that the hardest part was eating seven buns in addition to the hotdogs.
Approximately 18 women and 18 men will compete at the 100th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest this July.
Rapper, Eric “Badlands” Booker, is the male competitor who won the top spot in Charlotte opposite Rovtar. He consumed 24 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
“The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is a culmination of the qualifying circuit conducted throughout the United States,” the NathansFamous.com site explained.
The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier are invited to compete on July fourth at the ESPN-televised finals. The finals are held at the original and best-known Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Restaurant, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.