Chow Town

Baseball fans get a chance to celebrate the hot dog

Updated: 2013-08-12T19:35:34Z

By Jill Wendholt Silva

Baseball fans are expected to chow down on more than 20 million hot dogs before the end of the 2013 season, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

That got Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum thinking: Why not sponsor a festival honoring baseball’s most iconic food?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have Dodger Dogs. The Detroit Tigers have Detroit Coney Dogs. The Boston Red Sox have Fenway Franks. The Milwaukee Brewers have sausages.

And now Kansas City has the “Heart of America Hot Dog Festival,” an inaugural event which kicks off on Saturday. “We are trying to be creative on how to get people to come down to the historic 18th & Vine,” Kendrick says.

Hot dogs (as well as brats and sausages) will be available from noon to 9 p.m. behind the NLBM on Buck O’Neil Way. Activities include music, live entertainment, mascots, games, autograph sessions, trivia and more.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kid under 12 and includes admission to the NLBM, as well as a hotdog and drink. Ticket prices on the day of the event are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. A Top Dog VIP ticket costs $100 and includes plenty of perks for two. Tickets can be purchased online.

Sponsors include Farmland, Hy Vee, Pepsi, Heinz, Sprint, NTDF, Carter Broadcast Group, Global Prairie and the City of Kansas City, MO.

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