While the weather may have been a bit too cool and damp for a festival, attendees of the 48th annual Hot Dog Day nevertheless had an excellent time celebrating, making memories, and enjoying a hot dog or two.
The event is organized each year by Alfred State College and Alfred University, with the two colleges alternating hosting the Hot Dog Day Carnival, which features hot dog stands and other food vendors, plus arts and crafts tents and games. Alfred University hosted the event this year. Additional Hot Dog Day activities included a wiener dog race, a community parade, and a steel drum band performance.
Each year, funds raised during the annual celebration benefit a number of local organizations. This year was no exception, as the 2019 Hot Dog Day raised a total of $7,000 for charity.
Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement at Alfred State, said, “Although the weather was a bit uncooperative, it was a great day full of smiles, families, students, community members, and of course hot dogs. Thanks to the support of the entire Alfred community, Hot Dog Day 2019 was another great event!”
John Lewis, director of Student Activities at Alfred University, said, “While Mother Nature may have been throwing us curveballs, a wonderful group of volunteers, vendors, students and community showed up to support local charities and enjoy what they could of our spring festival, Hot Dog Day. We are already looking forward to next year’s event on Alfred State’s campus, and are crossing our fingers for beautiful weather!”