By Melody Miller
Joey Chestnut chomped his way to a 15th win at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, inhaling 63 hot dogs and buns.
Women’s record holder Miki Sudo downed 40 wieners and buns to win the women’s title after skipping last year’s frank fest because she was pregnant.
A spectator wearing a Darth Vader mask rushed the stage, momentarily disrupting the competition. Chestnut put the protester in a brief chokehold before contest officials hurried over and escorted the intruder away.
Another protester in a white stormtrooper mask had also snuck behind the competitors and hoisted a sign saying, “Expose Smithfield’s Deathstar.” Smithfield manufactures Nathan’s famous hotdogs. After the altercation, Chestnut went back to the task at hand: Devouring more hot dogs.