By Felicia Farnsworth

Hot dogs are a summertime favorite loved by the young and the old. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, established by the American Meat Institute, established National Hot Dog Day to be celebrated generally on the third Wednesday in July in 1991.

However, the day typically differs every year depending on the annual Hot Dog Lunch event hosted by the North American Meat Institute held on Capitol Hill. This year National Hot Dog Day is held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

The Council organizes and sponsors numerous events held across the U.S. as well as provides consumers and media with information concerning nutrition, preparation, safety, and quality of sausages and hot dogs.

German immigrants in the late 1800s are noted for bringing sausages (known as frankenfurters) to the U.S. It is believed that by the 1860s, street food vendors were selling hot dogs in buns in New York City.

Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, opened the first hot dog stand on Coney Island around 1870 and sold over 3,600 frankfurters in a bun that year. In 1893, Chris Von de Ahe, owner of St. Louis Browns (now the St. Louis Cardinals) brought baseball and hot dogs together when he sold them at games.

The hot dog of the 20th Century is now made of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or tofu and can be topped with a wide variety of condiments. Mustard is the most popular condiment followed by ketchup and then chilli.

It is a fact that although 9 billion hot dogs are sold annually in the U.S. Americans eat 155 million hot dogs on the 4th of July. Union Springs has it’s very own Snack Shop (formerly known as Nettie’s Flea Market), owned by City Councilman Louis Murry, which is known throughout Bullock County for his fantastic hot dogs.

They offer hot dogs, chilli dogs, slaw dogs, atomic dogs, nachos, nachos with chilli, and super nachos. In celebration of National Hot Dog Day, enjoy a hot and tasty hot dog. Remember to buy locally and support the county's small businesses.

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