The Baltimore Sun

Scenes From Hot Dog Eating Contests

Kazutoyo Arai, left, of Saitama, Japan, Eric Booker, center, of Long Island, N.Y., and Takeru Kobayashi, of Nagano, Japan, compete during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Contest Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at New York's Coney Island.RICHARD DREW / AP