2019-20 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Circuit category

New York City hotels are hoping for a July 1 reopening date, which would make a Nathan's hot dog contest on July 4 a possibility.
Major League Baseball announced that it deferring opening day until at least mid-May, so there will be no Nathan's qualifers at baseball games until that time.
MGM Resorts announced that it will suspend operations for its Las Vegas properties starting Tuesday. The sites include the New York New York Hotel Casino, which has a Nathan's qualifier scheduled for April 4. update The venue's twitter confirmed the shutdown.
Darron Breeden wants to perform the national anthem at the Nathan's finals on his electric guitar.

Preliminary 2020 Nathan’s qualifier circuit

Here is how the 2019-2020 Nathan’s qualifier circuit is shaping up:

Certain
Apr 4 Las Vegas, NV
Jun 13 Ocean City, MD
? Washington, DC (probably Jun 27 at @BBQinDC)
? Hershey, PA
? Pleasanton, CA

Probable
May 15 Cincinnati, OH
Jun 21 Queens, NY

Possible
Apr 7/ May 12/ Jun 9 Denver, CO

Already held
Jul 23 Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 10 Des Moines, IA

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Registration will open tomorrow for the first 2020 Nathan's Famous qualifier to be held April 4 at New York New York in Las Vegas. A qualifier has been held at that location every year since at least 2003. Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco has won the past five women's divisions of the competition; Max Suzuki has a two year streak for the men.
MDCoastDispatch.com reports that a Nathan's Famous qualifer has been approved by the city council of Ocean City, MD and will take place on June 13. update Feb 21 Delmarvanow.com has an article about the qualifier in which Rich Shea says that additional qualifiers will take place in Hershey, PA, Washington, DC and Pleasanton, CA. There will be a total of 12 competitions on the circuit, which may or may not include the two that were held in the second half of 2019.
MDCoastDispatch.com has an article about the possibility of a Nathan's Famous qualifier being held in Ocean City, MD on June 13 during the Ocean City Air Show.
5dimes is now offering +350 odds (bet $1 to win $3.50) on someone besides Miki Sudo winning the 2020 Nathan's womens finals, a considerable drop from the +600 offered on January 24.
Corbucci from Brazil has posted a video (with English subtitles) of his Nathan's Famous hot dog training session. He hopes to compete in the 2020 Miami Marlins qualifier if it is held.
The May 15 Cincinnati Reds game will be presented by Nathan's Famous, so that is the probable date for the 2020 Ohio qualifier. Nathan's will present the August 16 St. Louis Cardinals game, which would be on the 2020-21 circuit if a qualifier is held then.
Nathan's Famous is listed as the presenter for the Father's Day cap promotion for the June 21 Mets game, so the 2020 New York City Nathan's qualifier will probably be on that date.
Brazilian competitive eater Corbucci Eats announced his intention to qualify for the 2020 Nathan's finals in a video he posted today.

2019 Iowa State Fair Nathan’s qualifier

Results from https://www.instagram.com/sophdevita/ live video

Official results (Des Moines Register gallery)
1 Brett Healey 32.5
2 Derek Hendrickson 28

1 Sophia DeVita 12.5
2 Rene Rovtar 7.5

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Ethan Bauer of the Deseret News has an article about competing in last week's Nathan's qualifier in Salt Lake City. (video).

2019 Salt Lake City Nathan’s qualifier

Deseret News has a gallery

Winners via https://www.instagram.com/beyondseattleeats/ live video

Official results
1 Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond 32
2 Darrien Thomas 29
3 Derek Hendrickson 23.75

1 Katie Prettyman 14

Darrien Thomas, Derek Hendrickson, Steve Hammond and Katie Prettyman are expected to compete.

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Registration is now open for two qualifiers for the 2019-20 Nathan's circuit: July 17 at a Salt Lake Bees game and August 10 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.