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Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Washington, DC – American icons merge on Capitol Hill today as hot dog makers, Major League Baseball legends and politicians gather in celebration of National Hot Dog Day and July’s National Hot Dog Month. More than 1,000 Capitol Hill staff, lawmakers and federal agency officials are expected to join three baseball legends at the 2002 Hot Dog Lunch, sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI).

“The Hot Dog Lunch is one of the most popular annual events on Capitol Hill, a testament to American’s enthusiasm for the hot dog,” according to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “We look forward every year to celebrating this American food icon in the nation’s capital.”

The luncheon will feature a variety of popular hot dog and sausage products from lunch sponsors ConAgra Foods, Inc., Hormel Foods Corporation, Sara Lee Foods (Ball Park Brands) and Oscar Mayer Foods and Smithfield Foods Inc.

Other lunch cosponsors include the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, American Bakers Association, American Frozen Food Institute, Hard Times Café, International Bottled Water Association, Miller Brewing Company, Mrs. Smith’s Bakeries, National Soft Drink Association and the Snack Food Association.

On hand to sign autographs will be four-time Golden Glove award winner and all-star second baseman Bobby Grich; New York Yankee Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series; and former L.A. Dodger Jim Gott, who is believed to be Major League Baseball’s most reliable relief pitcher.

The crowd will not go home hungry, as AMI has ordered more than 4,000 hot dogs — enough to circle the Capitol dome four times. But hot dogs eaten by Washingtonians are just a small part of the seven billion hot dogs Americans eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day or the 26.1 million Americans are expected to eat at major league ballparks this summer.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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