The Long Beach Fire Department will hold an amateur-only wing eating contest on July 28 awarding $500/$250/$100.

Article claims $400-500 million in MLE prize money

Front Office Sports has an article claiming that total annual MLE prize money is $400-500 million. The linked to FoxBusiness article says the total purse is $400,000-$500,000.

Summing all the listed cash purses for 2017 competitions produces a result of $198,475:
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Dooley's in Roseville, MI will hold hot dog eating contests on July 19 awarding $200/$50 to the top men & women.
Registration is open for the first Nathan's qualifier of the 2018-19 circuit at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 11.
Sabretti's in Hopatcong, NJ will award $5000 if all 30 of its speciality hot dogs are finished in under 15 minutes. Pat Bertoletti completed 24 when he attempted the challenge earlier this month.
SWVAtoday.com reports that Matthew Edward Fiebig, an unsuccessful write-in candidate for the mayor of Wytheville, VA, was arrested public intoxication after disrupting that town's July 4 hot dog eating contest. Fiebig claims he came on stage to replace a contestant who did not show up.
The broadcast of the Nathan's Finals on ESPN2 was the highest rated cable program for July 4 despite a ratings decline from .45 in 2017 to .43 this year.
Up Dog in Independence, MO will hold a hot dog eating contest for amateurs on July 12 in Independence, MO awarding $500/$200/$50.
Ivan Mendoza announced he complete the Belly Buster Challenge at Brewster's in Fairbanks, AK, which he believes makes him the youngest person to compete a burger challenge in all 50 states.men
Randy Santel announced his youtube channel just hit 500,000 subscribers.
The Outline has an article about Max Suzuki competing in the Nathan's finals. He started eating competitively to impress female competitive eater Moeno Azuki.
Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL will hold a wing eating contest on July 21 awarding $300 to the winner.

Molly Schuyler wins Paul’s Pantry cinnamon rolls eating contest

The top 5 from today’s cinnamon roll eating contest at Paul’s Pantry from Naader Reda.

1) Molly Schuyler 19 rolls, $1000 prize
2) Naader Reda 12 rolls
3) Edward Chin 11.75 rolls
4T) Raina Huang 11 rolls
4T) Kevin Ross 11

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KOMU has an article about Brandon "Da Disposal" Clark eating a personal best 35 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win the first prize of $300 in a hot dog eating contest in Jefferson City July 4. Greg Webb was the runner up.

2018 Men’s Nathan’s finals

Official Results

1st 74 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut new record
2nd 64 Carmen Cincotti
3rd 43 Darron Breeden
4th 41 Geoffrey Esper
5th 40 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
6th 37.5 Gideon Oji
7th 34 Max Suzuki
8th 33 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
9th 32 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
10th 31 Nick Wehry
11th 28 Rich “The Locust” LeFevre
12th 27 Derek Jacobs
12th 27 Juan “Hungry Saiyan” Neave
14th 25 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
15th 24.75 George Chiger
16th 24 Steve Hendry
16th 24 Pablo Martinez
18th 21.5 Erik “The Red” Denmark
18th 21.5 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman
20th 21 “Buffalo” Jim Reeves
21st 20 Eric “Badlands” Booker

21 entrants have been announced, so apparently all expected entrants will compete and no sponsors exemptions have been added to the field.

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2018 Nathan’s womens finals

Official results

Sonya Thomas competed according to this picture (via redrabbit comment, but was not listed in the results)

1st 37 Miki Sudo
2nd 28 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
3rd 25 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee
4th 21 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke
5th 19 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
6th 14 Sophia Devita
7th 13 Jingru “Panda” Chen
8th 12 Kassandra Zapata
9th 11 Katie Prettyman
10th 10.5 Jocelyn Walker
11th 8 Tracie Dickerson
11th 8 Kathryn Tesch
11th 8 Holly Titus
14th 7 Brittany Powell
15th 6.5 Rene Rovtar
15th 6.5 Brynn Szeles
17th 5 Kristina Rovtar
18th 4 Prudence DiBenedetto

19 competitors have been announced, so someone besides Steffi Valkov will not appear.

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Jesse "Food Coma" Freeman won the first prize of $1000 in a BBQ eating contest held in Melbourne, VIC, Australia in honor of July 4. Cal "Hulk Smash Food" Stubbs won the 2nd prize of $500, Vince Mantovani was 3rd. Adam Richman of Man vs. Food was the MC.
The July 4 event for Takeru Kobayashi in 2018 will be a fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at the Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn.
The debut episode of "Eating Out with Nadia White", a youtube series documenting the adult actress' competitive eating career, has been released. (press release)
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a interview with Brad "The Lunatic" Sciullo, who has started his own competitive eating organization promoting Pittsburgh area contests.

Molly Schuyler defends Z-Burger title

update The top 3
1) Molly Schuyler 27 burgers
2) Dan Kennedy 24
3) Dave Brunelli 18

Jennifer Munoz reports that Molly Schuyler ate 27 burgers to defend her Z-burger title in Washington, DC today.

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MLE head to head results as of July 3, 2018

Here are the head to head results for MLE contests over the past 365 days for people with two or more contest results in the database.

1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (J Ch) 93.8% 159-10-1
2 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (M St) 91.1% 92-9
3 Carmen Cincotti (C Ci) 89.7% 100-11-1
4 Geoffrey Esper (G Es) 88.3% 143-19
5 Gideon Oji (G Oj) 73.5% 142-51-1
6 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee (J Le) 72.7% 8-3
7 Darron Breeden (D Br) 72.2% 91-35
7 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan (A Mo) 72.2% 39-15
9 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco (M Le) 67.7% 65-31
10 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez (J Ro) 65.8% 39-20-1

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ESPNMediaZone reports that Adam Amin will replace Indy 500 annoucer Paul Page as the play-by-play voice for the coverage of the contest on ESPN2 at noon Eastern. Paul Page most famous line covering Nathan's was probably calling the champion "Joey Chitwood".
The california state Fair will hold a corn dog eating contest in Sacramento on July 21 awarding $2500/$2000/$1000/$500/$100. A qualifier will take place on July 20.
Joey Chestnut has started a website at https://shop.joeychestnut.com/default.asp for his line of condiments. All profits from sales until July 6 will be donated to Hidden Heroes a charity for wounded veterans. (via Mercury News)s
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