2008 Saratoga Nathan’s contest a non-qualifier

Registration for the Nathan’s hot dog contest that will be held at the Saratoga horse racing track on August 18 is now open on IFOCE.com, which states that the contest will not be a qualifier for the 2009 finals, but the winner will receive a year’s supply of hot dogs.

In other IFOCE contest news, registration for the Los Angeles Nisei Week gyoza eating contest will open in about an hour. Sonya Thomas says she will not enter due to high travel costs (from comment)

Comments (13)


  1. crawfish said (Registered May 24, 2008)

    August 4, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

    Costa Vida World Burrito Eating Championship


  2. Anonymous said

    August 4, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    Translation: there’s no prize money for fourth place.

  3. Rhonda Evans said

    August 4, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m just shooting from the hip on this, but I think that if an event’s organizer(s) want an eater bad enough they will at least chip in and help defray travel costs, but I’m sure it depends on their budget, which, based on what I have read, is much less for this year’s competition than in 2006.

    I think Joey and Rich will be there, and possibly Erik the Red. Beyond those three it will probably be locals. Who can afford round trip cross-country airfare anymore?

    A wild card in all this would be Mr. Deep Dish. If he shows it could be very, very interesting between him and Joey. If somehow Sonya was able to make it, sparks would fly, and you’d have perhaps the most competitive event of the year among three or more eaters.

  4. crawfish said (Registered May 24, 2008)

    August 4, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    Kolache Factory World Kolache Eating Championship


  5. Anonymous said

    August 4, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    Who’s heading to Ash Creek?

  6. Anonymous said

    August 4, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

    Who wants to know?

  7. Anonymous said

    August 8, 2008 @ 12:06 am


  8. Anonymous said

    August 8, 2008 @ 12:07 am

    Anonymous who?

  9. Carey said

    August 8, 2008 @ 9:03 am

    2 points for the best ending to this knock knock joke

  10. Rhonda Evans said

    August 8, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    Anony, mous(t) you keep talking to yourself?

  11. Carey said

    August 8, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

    better than what I came up with.

  12. Cory Hayashi said

    August 14, 2008 @ 2:59 pm


    We got some extra sponsors so we’re good on budget. To help cover, I had to enter myself in the contest and take pledges, so we’ll see how I do. If I get 1/3 of Bertolletti’s total, I’ll be ecstatic.

    The field will include MLE Eaters Pat Bertolletti, Rich LeFevre, Erik Denmark, Tim Brown, Kevin Ross, El Toro, and Shawn Kirby as well as actress Miki Mia (The waxer from 40-Year Old Virgin) and the 2007 Nisei Week Queen and Court competing for charity.

    Hope to see you all there!

    12:30 pm Saturday August 23rd
    Japanese American Community and Cultural Center
    244 S. San Pedro Street
    Los Angeles, CA

  13. Rhonda Evans said

    August 14, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

    That’s great Cory, and nice to hear. If Joey’s not there, Pat will win for sure, with Rich a respectable second. Then it will be between Erik and Tim for third.

    It’s unfortunate that Joey and/or Sonya won’t be there, but you’ve still got some of America’s best eaters. In Pat you’ve got the gunslinger of CE–the fastest in the west, as well as all other parts of the country. :)

    Good luck on your total!

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