Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2018: Photos from Coney Island

By staff

While clearly not the only draw to Coney Island on the Fourth of July, the 102nd annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest does get people up and out early to watch competitive eaters go bun-to-bun.

Reigning champion Miki Sudo held onto the coveted Mustard Belt in the women's group, with 37 hot dogs (and buns) in 10 minutes. And, once again, Joey Chestnut eats fast and furiously enough to win the men's — his 11th.

Take a look at the action at this year's competition (and check back for updates). Then go eat a hot dog.

Joey Chestnut broke his own record of 72 hot dogs, set in 2017, to scarf down 74 -- and that's with buns, people.

Fans pack the viewing area.

Miki Sudo, the women's division champion for 2018.


Fans pack the viewing area of the 2018 annual hot dog eating contest.

My Mustard Belt: Joey Chestnut wins the men's division of the 2018 annual hot dog eating contest.

Miki Sudo eats her way to the winner's circle on July 4.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill speaks to the crowd.

It's about dogs, sure, but dancing too.

Fans pack the viewing area.

Drummers entertain the crowd.

Miki Sudo wins the 2018 women's contest after downing 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Women dressed as hot dogs wait in line on Wednesday for the annual hot dog eating competition in Coney Island.

Ketchup, friend of hot dog.

Fans await the start of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Wednesday in Coney Island.

The hot dogs await their fate on Wednesday.

The crowd awaits the start of the competition.

Hot dogs have to go through security, too.