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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Wichita for ‘Halloweenie’ – Kansas.com

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is spending much of “Halloweenie” week in Wichita, making stops in a variety of places. Its appearances include:

▪ Wednesday: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Intrust Bank Arena and the Wichita Thunder game, 500 E. Waterman, 2 to 8 p.m.

▪ Friday: Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, 10 a.m. to noon; Via Christi Hospital, 929 N. St. Francis, 3 to 5 p.m.

▪ Saturday: Mustache Dash 5K, First Gear Running Company, 111 N. Mosley, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 3 to 5 p.m.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Wichita for ‘Halloweenie’ – Kansas.com

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is spending much of “Halloweenie” week in Wichita, making stops in a variety of places. Its appearances include:

▪ Wednesday: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Intrust Bank Arena and the Wichita Thunder game, 500 E. Waterman, 2 to 8 p.m.

▪ Friday: Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, 10 a.m. to noon; Via Christi Hospital, 929 N. St. Francis, 3 to 5 p.m.

▪ Saturday: Mustache Dash 5K, First Gear Running Company, 111 N. Mosley, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 3 to 5 p.m.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Wichita for ‘Halloweenie’ – Kansas.com

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is spending much of “Halloweenie” week in Wichita, making stops in a variety of places. Its appearances include:

▪ Wednesday: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Intrust Bank Arena and the Wichita Thunder game, 500 E. Waterman, 2 to 8 p.m.

▪ Friday: Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, 10 a.m. to noon; Via Christi Hospital, 929 N. St. Francis, 3 to 5 p.m.

▪ Saturday: Mustache Dash 5K, First Gear Running Company, 111 N. Mosley, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 3 to 5 p.m.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Wichita for ‘Halloweenie’ – Kansas.com

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is spending much of “Halloweenie” week in Wichita, making stops in a variety of places. Its appearances include:

▪ Wednesday: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Intrust Bank Arena and the Wichita Thunder game, 500 E. Waterman, 2 to 8 p.m.

▪ Friday: Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, 10 a.m. to noon; Via Christi Hospital, 929 N. St. Francis, 3 to 5 p.m.

▪ Saturday: Mustache Dash 5K, First Gear Running Company, 111 N. Mosley, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 3 to 5 p.m.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Wichita for ‘Halloweenie’ – Kansas.com

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is spending much of “Halloweenie” week in Wichita, making stops in a variety of places. Its appearances include:

▪ Wednesday: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Intrust Bank Arena and the Wichita Thunder game, 500 E. Waterman, 2 to 8 p.m.

▪ Friday: Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, 10 a.m. to noon; Via Christi Hospital, 929 N. St. Francis, 3 to 5 p.m.

▪ Saturday: Mustache Dash 5K, First Gear Running Company, 111 N. Mosley, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 3 to 5 p.m.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile works with Albany Meals on Wheels – NEWS10 ABC

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be collaborating with a local Meals on Wheels program Thursday to help deliver meals and collect personal care items.

The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is accompanying Albany’s Senior Services for the week to deliver meals to area seniors and raise awareness in the process.

The Weinermobile has been delivering meals in Watervliet and Menands since Tuesday, following the same route to better know the seniors they are serving.

According to Albany’s Senior Services, more than 500 seniors receive meals through the program every week, and that for many it is the only food they receive.

“A lot of the people we’re serving grew up in the Weinermobile, so when we pull up and have their weekly meal to give them, it’s been an amazing blast from the past for them, and a lot of fun for us,” said Matt Heng, a hotdogger.

According to Senior Services of Albany Executive Director, Monica Beckmann, it’s definitely the most unique volunteer they’ve gotten, and though it may seem sacrilege to serve anything other than hot dogs out of the Wienermobile, these deliveries cover all the food groups.

“We are extremely proud to feed their bodies, with really nutritious, all homemade food, and then we feed their soul,” she said.

And soul feeding is something the Weinermobile crew says they know all about. In fact, they requested the same route, all just to get the most out of the experience.

“To know the people we are delivering to, we get to see them more than once, which is really cool for us, so we get to have a little personal connection with them,” said Heng.

And for the meals on wheels program itself, Beckmann says just by being here, the Weinermobile will help draw attention to a cause, just in time for its busiest season.

“The need increases during the holidays, so any attention, will help make a difference,” she said.

In addition to delivering meals in the Weinermobile, Kraft foods will be hosting a donation drive for Albany’s Senior Services this Sunday at the Central Avenue Shop Rite where those who donate personal care items will receive a free glow in the dark wiener whistle and honorary Hotdogger nametags.

The organization has specifically requested the following items among other personal care items:

· Paper plates

· Plastic/ paper cups

· Plastic silverware

· Paper towels

· Facial tissue

· Toilet tissue

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile comes home to roast — err, roost – Madison.com

Madison may be the headquarters for Oscar Mayer, but it isn’t often that residents can catch a glimpse of the company’s iconic Wienermobile.

That’s no longer the case.

A classic Wienermobile, circa 1988, was permanently installed Monday alongside the eight-story headquarters for Oscar Mayer and its parent company, Kraft Foods Group, on display for the public to see and photograph.

“This was a real-live vehicle that toured in 1988,” said Ed Roland, mobile marketing manager. With more than 250,000 miles on it, the distinctive orange-and-yellow Wienermobile was restored at Truckstar Collision Center in Deerfield.

The 1988 fleet of six 23-foot-long, fiberglass hot dogs on wheels traveled to all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Singapore and Guam, Roland said.

They were equipped with refrigerators, cellphones, and stereo systems that played 21 versions of the Oscar Mayer Wiener jingle.

They also had microwave ovens that vented through small holes in the “bun.” When hot dogs were cooked in the microwaves, the scent would waft through the streets as the Wienermobile rolled by, Roland said.

Oscar Mayer’s roots date to 1883; the company opened in Madison in 1919, 95 years ago, and the first Wienermobile debuted in 1936 when UW-Madison graduate Carl Mayer, nephew of the company’s founder, Oscar F. Mayer, suggested using a 13-foot metal hot dog on wheels to transport the company spokesman around Chicago.

Since then — other than during World War II when gas was rationed, and a period from 1977 to 1986 when the company mothballed the vehicles and focused on TV ads — the Wienermobile has carried the Oscar Mayer mantra far and wide.

There have been 13 models. A 1952 version is featured at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The current model is 27 feet long, decked out with a flat-screen TV, LED taillights, and solar panels on the roof.

Retired Oscar Mayer employee Dave Laufenberg was riding past on his bicycle right after the vehicle was set in place.

“It’s very nice to see this one restored,” he said. “It’s part of the company tradition. Kids just light up when they see the Wienermobile.”

Laufenberg said he remembered when the vehicles were built in Madison, in the plant’s mechanical assembly building. In one version of the Wienermobile, the bun was made of steel. When the design changed, the mold had to be destroyed, Laufenberg said. “It was very, very difficult” to demolish a piece of the company’s history, he said.

Each year, 12 college graduates, chosen from UW-Madison and several other universities, are hired as Hotdoggers, driving the six Wienermobiles around the country to promotional events. More than 1,000 students apply for those jobs, spreading cheer, Roland said.

“How can you not smile when you see a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels?” he said.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile comes home to roast — err, roost – Madison.com

Madison may be the headquarters for Oscar Mayer, but it isn’t often that residents can catch a glimpse of the company’s iconic Wienermobile.

That’s no longer the case.

A classic Wienermobile, circa 1988, was permanently installed Monday alongside the eight-story headquarters for Oscar Mayer and its parent company, Kraft Foods Group, on display for the public to see and photograph.

“This was a real-live vehicle that toured in 1988,” said Ed Roland, mobile marketing manager. With more than 250,000 miles on it, the distinctive orange-and-yellow Wienermobile was restored at Truckstar Collision Center in Deerfield.

The 1988 fleet of six 23-foot-long, fiberglass hot dogs on wheels traveled to all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Singapore and Guam, Roland said.

They were equipped with refrigerators, cellphones, and stereo systems that played 21 versions of the Oscar Mayer Wiener jingle.

They also had microwave ovens that vented through small holes in the “bun.” When hot dogs were cooked in the microwaves, the scent would waft through the streets as the Wienermobile rolled by, Roland said.

Oscar Mayer’s roots date to 1883; the company opened in Madison in 1919, 95 years ago, and the first Wienermobile debuted in 1936 when UW-Madison graduate Carl Mayer, nephew of the company’s founder, Oscar F. Mayer, suggested using a 13-foot metal hot dog on wheels to transport the company spokesman around Chicago.

Since then — other than during World War II when gas was rationed, and a period from 1977 to 1986 when the company mothballed the vehicles and focused on TV ads — the Wienermobile has carried the Oscar Mayer mantra far and wide.

There have been 13 models. A 1952 version is featured at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The current model is 27 feet long, decked out with a flat-screen TV, LED taillights, and solar panels on the roof.

Retired Oscar Mayer employee Dave Laufenberg was riding past on his bicycle right after the vehicle was set in place.

“It’s very nice to see this one restored,” he said. “It’s part of the company tradition. Kids just light up when they see the Wienermobile.”

Laufenberg said he remembered when the vehicles were built in Madison, in the plant’s mechanical assembly building. In one version of the Wienermobile, the bun was made of steel. When the design changed, the mold had to be destroyed, Laufenberg said. “It was very, very difficult” to demolish a piece of the company’s history, he said.

Each year, 12 college graduates, chosen from UW-Madison and several other universities, are hired as Hotdoggers, driving the six Wienermobiles around the country to promotional events. More than 1,000 students apply for those jobs, spreading cheer, Roland said.

“How can you not smile when you see a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels?” he said.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile coming to Missoula – The Missoulian

If you’re driving around town this week and think that you see an enormous hot dog, there’s probably no reason to be alarmed.

Joey Greenstein is a “hotdogger,” one of the crew who drives around the region in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, which will be making its way through Missoula and appearing at a series of events this week.

Greenstein said being on road trips all of the time means that he and the rest of the hotdoggers have seen some pretty extreme behavior of people trying to get a photo when the 27-foot-long hotdog drives up next to them on the road.

“While we always advise safety, we have had people open van doors, or stand up and out of sunroofs to get a picture when they are driving next to us,” he said. “We’re used to it. You’re stopping for gas, which could only take a couple of minutes, but then you meet people and end up taking pictures with them.”

Greenstein said he started as a hotdogger in June after going through a two-week training course called Hot Dog High that taught him and the other crewmembers not only how to drive the bus, but also some of the fun ways to interact with the public and have a fun time. The hotdogger position is a one-year job that he will have through next summer.

The Wienermobile that Greenstein and company will be bringing to town is one of six that Oscar Mayer currently has around the country, each designated to a different region.

He said Oscar Mayer gets about 10,000 requests for appearances of the Wienermobile every year, from store openings to 5K runs and golf tournaments. As long as it fits into their schedule, the appearances are free.

“We haven’t done a wedding yet, but a few of the other vehicles have,” he said.

The Wienermobile will be in town from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, and will be present at a series of events across downtown. It’s tour starts at a movie night at the Top Hat Lounge on Monday evening, then the hotdogger crew will be taking part in Zombie Tag on the Oval at the University of Montana on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5 p.m. they will be at the Missoula Public Library where kids are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes to take pictures with the Wienermobile.

It will round out Thursday by appearing at the FFA’s haunted house at the Missoula County Fairgrounds from 7-10 p.m.

Friday, Greenstein and the rest of the Wienermobile team will take part in a Halloween trick or treating event at Mismo Gymnastics from 4-6 p.m., and the Haunted Hayride at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton from 8-11 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Wienermobile will be at the Albertsons at 1003 E. Broadway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Albertsons at 2205 Oxford St. from 3-6 p.m. It will end its tour of Missoula on Sunday at the Albertsons at 3800 S. Russell St. from 9 a.m. to noon.