That got Bob Kendrick, president of theNegro 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.