It should go without saying that the activists did not win that scuffle with police - they were arrested.
Another group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, separately had members giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event.
It's basically a two-man race on the head-to-head matchup props between Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie, with Chestnut, the world's No. 1 ranked eater, at -350 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and Stonie at +225. After the contest, as the competitors were chatting casually and exchanging war stories (as a one-time eater, I didn't have much material), Thomas came up and asked me how many kolaches I ate.
If Chestnut takes the belt again this year it'll be his tenth title in a row. He beat Carmen Cincotti (sihn-CAH'-tee), who ate 60.
A man is held by NYPD Police officers after trying to stage an animal rights protest.
A few of them tried to hold up a banner, but the jostling crowd made whatever was on the sign indistinguishable.
Lots of good old fashioned summer fun to be had on the boardwalk at Brooklyn's Coney Island.
It's Joey Chestnut's world, we're just eating in it. Both he and Stonie are from San Diego, California.
"I'm gonna crush you and your skinny jeans", said Chestnut, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs a manly 230 pounds, in an interview with TMZ Sports.
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Miki Sudo won the women's contest, eating 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, also a three-time champion, is a +275 underdog.
The men's competition is later Tuesday.
Tune in to see if Chestnut and Sudo can defend their titles or if someone will step up and take down the defending champs.
The Nathan's contest is under the purview of Major League Eating.
Joey Chestnut set a new 4th of July record for hot dogs eaten at the Nathan's contest.
This marks his 10th mustard belt. She's your 2017 women's victor with 41 hot dogs.
Nothing personifies that more than the celebration of a guy who eats a lot of hot dogs.
"Next year, if I come back, you can bet I'll be pushing harder", Chestnut told ESPN2 shortly after winning the event.