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AMI's Annual Hot Dog Lunch Expected to Draw 1,000 Washingtonians in Celebration of The Quintessential American Food

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

More than 1,000 people are expected to join the American Meat Institute today at the Annual Hot Lunch on Capitol Hill in honor of July’s National Hot Dog Month. Held each year on National Hot Dog Day, the lunch brings together government officials, baseball players and media for what has become one of the most popular social events on the Hill.

Guests at the event are expected to enjoy more than 4,000 hot dogs – enough to reach the top of the Washington Monument three times – and countless gallons of condiments and beverages.

The event has been celebrated since the 1970s, but in 1991, AMI took the event outdoors and invited former ball players to join in. Since that time, it has become one of Washington’s “hot tickets.” And hot it will be, with temperatures forecasted in the 90s.

“Rain or shine, this event always attracts an outpouring of hot dog fans,” says AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “And it’s this event that helps drive U.S. hot dog consumption to our astonishing annual level of 20 billion hot dogs – seven billion in the summer alone.”

Three baseball All-Stars will be on hand signing autographs and eating a few franks themselves. Hall of Famer Juan Marichal entered the major leagues in 1960 with the San Francisco Giants. Known for his high leg kick and intimidation tactics, he was named to nine All-Star teams, being selected MVP for the 1965 game. Marichal was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Graig Nettles was a third basemen most known for his work while with the New York Yankees from 1973 to 1983. Known to fans as Puff, Nettles was one of the best defensive third basemen of all time. He enjoyed his best season in 1977, when he won the Gold Glove Award and hit a career high of 37 home runs and led the Yankees to the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mike Boddicker was a right-handed pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles for most of the 1980s. Boddicker was the American League Championship Series MVP in 1983, an American League All-Star in 1984 and won the Gold Glove Award while playing for the Boston Red Sox in 1990.

The annual Hot Dog Lunch is hosted by the American Meat Institute and cosponsored by the American Bakers Association, the American Beverage Association, George Weston Bakeries, High Plains Bison, Hormel Foods Corporation, the International Bottled Water Association, McKee Foods, the Miller Brewing Company and the Snack Food Association. Additional products are provided by Sara Lee, Hormel Foods Corporation, Johnsonville Sausage, Oscar Mayer Foods, Smithfield and Tyson Foods, Inc.

For more fun facts about hot dogs, go to www.hot-dog.org.


For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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