Let’s be honest. We all enjoy the occasional hot dog. Whether it’s at the ballpark, at a family barbecue, or as a little kid for dinner. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all had them in hundreds of styles, from cut up to covered in relish, with various other toppings as well, from cheese to bacon to mustard.
In case any of you hot dog aficionados out there didn’t know, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council of the United States has declared July as National Hot Dog month, and more specifically, July 23 as National Hot Dog Day. So strap into your hot dog costume and get the family dog ready to celebrate. Here’s a few events you can look forward to celebrate from now on:
- West Virginia Hot Dog Festival – Held annually in Huntington on the last Saturday in July since 2005. On top of being a fun day, the festival itself is a charity event that raises money for Edwards’ Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has raised as much as $10,000 in previous years. The day’s activities feature a “bun run” (or walk), a weiner dog race, the Owner-Dog Look Alike Contest, a Car and Truck Show, a Hot Dog Eating Contest and a Harmonica Playing Championship.
- Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill – Every year on July 18, lawmakers and meat-eaters alike gather on capitol hill to enjoy a few franks. Sponsored by the American Meat Institute, this event has taken place for more than 40 years, where more than 1,000 members of Congress, Administration officials, journalists, and lobbyists come together for a gigantic hot dog picnic. At the lunch, hot dog companies serve their franks from traditional hot dog carts, for that small-town feel.
- Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – Unfortunately, this one already took place on July 4, but keep it in mind for next year. It’s an absolute must-watch for any fan of hot dogs, or just eating in general. This years’ Coney Island Classic was particularly crazy, with Joey Chestnut, the eight-time (and eight straight) champion being dethroned by another Amercian, Matt Stonie.
- Boston Hot Dog Safari – Another good one that has already happened, the Hot Dog Safari is an all-you-can-eat event of hot dogs, sausages, and ice cream sundaes. It is also a charity event, originally started by Eddie Andelman, a Boston sports radio host, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. It has raised up to $150,000 in previous years. That’s a good cause hot dog.
Remember folks, celebrate however you please, and pick any sort of event you can. The only important thing is that you sit yourself down and enjoy a hot dog.