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NHDSC Kicks Off National Hot Dog Month

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) kicked off July’s National Hot Dog Month highlighting July 4th as biggest hot dog weekend of the year, and featured several hot dog icons in a new series of videos to discuss their own stories about what makes hot dogs special to them. The NHDSC’s collection of hot dog stories include company CEOs and brand leaders such as Dietz and Watson’s Louis Eni, Ball Park’s Sara Shenoha and Usingers’ Fritz Usinger. Owners of iconic hot dog restaurants also participated including Ben’s Chili Bowl’s Virginia Ali, Papaya King’s Wayne Rosenbaum, Superdawg’s Scott Berman and Steamie Weenie’s Bob Remington. Further, the videos include James Cunningham, host of Eat St. on the Food Network; Mark Reitman, professor of hot dogs at Hot Dog University; Los Angeles Dodgers Executive Chef Jason Tingley; and drivers of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

In addition to the stories from hot dog icons, the NHDSC is inviting hot dog fans around the country to submit their own videos sharing why they love hot dogs for a chance to win great prizes. Links to short videos, under two minutes, can be sent to contest@hot-dog.org through National Hot Dog Day on July 14. The most inspirational and creative videos will be selected as finalists and NHDSC Facebook fans will chose a winner to be announced Monday, July 25.

The grand prize winner for the best video will win a Go Sun Solar Hot Dog Stove, a $100 gift card for their favorite hot dogs, a copy of “Wurst of Lucky Peach: A Treasury of Encased Meat” and a NHDSC t-shirt and bumper sticker. Prizes will also be given to the first and second runner-ups.

Full contest details and other hot dog resources are available at www.hot-dog.org. National Hot Dog Month updates will also be posted throughout July on the NHDSC Facebook page and on Instagram @HotDogCouncil.

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