Destination America, the network that brings viewers BBQ Pitmasters, Fast Food Mania, and United States of Food, is now teaming up with Major League Eating (MLE) to bring the first annual “Apple Pie Dive” to the legendary Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.
Fans of Destination America, MLE, and Nathan’s will have the opportunity on July 4th to celebrate our nation's birthday by cheering on contestants as they jump into the largest apple pie on Coney Island for a variety of prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize. The all-American line-up of competitors includes Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis; former Mets coach and 1986 World Series hero Mookie Wilson; the "winningest man in BBQ" and BBQ Pitmasters judge Myron Mixon; Miss New York Mallory Hagan; and FDNY employee and Coney Island Polar Bear Club member Julia Glabouch.
Additionally, one lucky Destination America viewer, Brandy Ritter from Shelby Township, MI, won a recent contest for Destination America viewers, and will be taking an all-expenses-paid trip to Coney Island, where she will be competing in the Apple Pie Dive, as well. “She’s actually a two-time Iron Man finisher, so she’s a worthy competitor!” Destination America said of their winner.
The fun and festivities will be emceed by Fast Food Mania host Jon Hein.
What's More American Than Apple Pie?
"What better way is there to celebrate our country's birthday than by inviting fans and American heroes alike to jump into an all-American apple pie?" said Marc Etkind, SVP of Content Strategy for Destination America. "We're thrilled to partner with MLE and Nathan's Famous for their annual tradition that not only speaks to the playful spirit of our network but also continues to keep Americans captivated during the beloved holiday no matter where they are."
"We believe the apple pie dive represents an entirely new athletic franchise, and we are proud to be involved in the birth of a sport that marries all that is best of aquatics and baking," added MLE Chair George Shea.
For more behind-the-scenes action of the location that started the hot dog craze, Nathan's Famous on Coney Island, viewers can tune into the "Fast Food Originals" episode of FAST FOOD MANIA airing Wednesday, July 11 at 10pm E/P on Destination America.
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