Hot Wieners on a Hot Day

The beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is rolling through Houston today, making pit stops at two area Kroger stores and distributing hot dogs and wiener whistles to the masses (it made two other Kroger stops yesterday).

While Oscar Mayer himself passed away this past Monday at the age of 95, his company and the fleet of seven Wienermobiles live on (including a mini-Wienermobile that's built on a Mini Cooper). The original Wienermobile was designed by Oscar Mayer's nephew, Carl, in 1936 and has remained popular to this day. The drivers of the giant hot dog on wheels are known as Hotdoggers and are selected from a giant pool of applicants each year to hold the one-year position as they travel the country.

The Wienermobile that is currently touring Houston is here in support of the Children's Miracle Network and Texas Children's Hospital. Hot dogs and cold drinks are for sale at the pit stops, with the proceeds benefiting the Texas Children's Hospital. In addition to the giant rolling hot dog itself, children (and adults!) are invited to build their own mega hot dog -- it's not a real hot dog; sorry, folks -- and have their picture taken with it in front of the Wienermobile.

Locations and times are after the jump.

The Wienermobile will be at the following Kroger stores today, July 9:

  • 1801 S. Voss, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 5150 Buffalo Speedway, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

And don't forget to pick up a wiener whistle while you're there, all the better to annoy your coworkers with.

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Katharine Shilcutt