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National Hot Dog Day: Mickey’s to have Hot dog eating contest Wednesday, July 18 at 3pm

  • Joel Rodgers

They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut…. They’re hot dogs!

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and for 2018 Wednesday, July 18 as National Hot Dog Day.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day.  The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on the 3rd Wednesday in July.

On Wednesday, July 18 at 3pm Mickey’s Hot Dog Stand will host it’s first ever hot dog eating contest. The event will feature five guys attempting to finish 3 hot dogs the fastest. The winner will receive a year supply of hot dogs.

Mark Miller, Jake Wood, Eli Durr, Will James, and Carter Breeze will attempt to win a year of free hot dogs. The competition will be held in downtown Shreveport on the corner of Edwards and Texas. Just look for the crowd of hot dog crazed people. Shouldn’t be too hard to find.


Here are some interesting hot dog facts:

7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.

It is estimated that from Memorial Day in the United States to Labor Day, more than seven billion hot dogs are consumed. It is estimated that approximately 20 billion hot dogs are consumed every year in the United States.

The first words ever spoken aloud by Walt Disney’s cartoon character Mickey Mouse were, “Hot dogs.” The cartoon was called ‘The Carnival Kid’ and it was created in 1929.

It is estimated that every American consumes approximately 60 hot dogs each year.

Popular Hot Dog Day activities include wiener dog races, hot dog eating contests, live music and concerts, barbecues, picnics, and socials.

The July 4th weekend is the biggest hot dog consumption day of the year in the United States.

On July 4th, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat a staggering 7 billion hot dogs. Last year, U.S. supermarket customers spent more than $2.5 billion on hot dogs alone.

Believe it or not, astronauts on the Apollo 7 mission in 1968 didn’t really like the freeze-dried ice cream they were to be served in space. The food was removed from the space program, and it eventually found a home in museum gift shops. However, one classic meal item that later crewmembers—including those on the Apollo 11 mission—actuallyenjoyed was hot dogs. 


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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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