According to Nathan's Famous Frankfurters site, they have been holding a hot dog eating contest since 1916 and it is held every year on the 4th of July. It takes place in Coney Island, New York. Last year it was telecast on ESPN and there were over 1 million viewers! You can read more here.
My question for you concerns an actor who loved these dogs so much that he wanted them served at his funeral. Do you know who it is?
Answer: Walter Mathau and they were served at his funeral