Nathan's Hot Dog Qualifier Coming to Cleveland, Beefcakes Bickel Will Be There


Since last we heard from Cleveland’s preeminent competitive eater [“The Ballad of Beefcakes Bickel,” January 12, 2011], our hero has taken to shouldering the Sisyphean task of bringing home the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest world title.

For Bickel, that means a tireless regimen of chugging water, chowing everything in sight, and performing ludicrous exercises to limber up his jaw in preparation for the annual July 4 event on Coney Island.

Bickel thought his next step would include a flight to California or North Carolina to compete in a qualifying contest that could win him a seat at the main event. But he’s been handed a surprise: Nathan’s is coming to Beefcakes instead.

Like this story?
SCENE Supporters make it possible to tell the Cleveland stories you won’t find elsewhere.
Become a supporter today.
Scroll to read more Cleveland News articles


Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.