NEW YORK (AP) -- Four avid eaters have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous.
Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition.
The dogs will be served Saturday morning.
Chestnut tipped the scales at a hearty 230 pounds while Michelle Lesco ranked the lightest competitor at 112 pounds.
New Zealand native Nela Zisser says she can out-eat her male counterparts. She previously won a pizza eating contest.
The event also featured a ceremonial stare down between the competitors.
Repeat runner-up Tim Janus says he got into competitive eating to face off at Nathan's. He conceded Chestnut would be tough to beat but vowed to do his best.