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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile coming to Missoula – Ravalli Republic

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.

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 workers ratify new contract – Quad City Times

Union employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 431 at the Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer plant in Davenport ratified a new four-year contract Thursday.

Local president Jerry Messer said that among the issues involved in the negotiations were insurance and pensions.

Local 431 represents about 1,200 workers at the Davenport plant. They have been working without a contract since July, “but that is not unusual,” Messer said.

“They passed it overwhelmingly,” Messer said of the union members adding that among the benefits in the new contract is a $1.40 per hour raise over four years.

“No contract is perfect, but that’s why you have negotiations,” he said, adding that the contract was one local leaders were glad to present to the union members.

Messer said there had been proposed a contract in July, “but it wasn’t what we wanted to bring back to the people.”

— Thomas Geyer

Braley kicks off Election Day at Oscar Mayer plant – Quad City Times

Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley kicked off Election Day with a stop at the Oscar Mayer plant in Davenport, renewing a practice that began with his first campaign eight years ago, greeting workers and saying that it’s his side that has the momentum.

Braley, who is locked in a high profile contest with Republican Joni Ernst, was joined by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union at shortly after 6 a.m.

The plant is where Braley started the 2006, 2008 and 2010 election days. In 2012, Scott County was moved out of his congressional district.

“It’s not just tradition, it’s important to shake hands and talk to workers and tell them the importance of voting in this election. It’s going to impact their lives for the next six years,” Braley said.

In the closing days of the campaign, both side have claimed the momentum, and Ernst and the Republican ticket were greeted by cheering supporters who had jammed into the Scott County GOP’s offices when they made a stop there Monday afternoon.

Tuesday morning, Braley said the wind is at his back, touting the efforts of campaign workers and volunteers to get absentee votes collected and urge voters to go to the polls today.

“If you look at the number of doors we knocked over the weekend, the phone calls we made, I can assure you it’s dwarfing what’s happening on the other side,” he said.

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.

Braley starts Election Day with early stop at Oscar Mayer plant – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DAVENPORT | Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley kicked off Election Day with a stop at the Oscar Mayer plant in Davenport, renewing a practice that began with his first campaign eight years ago, greeting workers and saying that it’s his side that has the momentum.

Braley, who is locked in a high profile contest with Republican Joni Ernst, was joined by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union at shortly after 6 a.m.

The plant is where Braley started the 2006, 2008 and 2010 election days. In 2012, Scott County was moved out of his congressional district.

“It’s not just tradition, it’s important to shake hands and talk to workers and tell them the importance of voting in this election. It’s going to impact their lives for the next six years,” Braley said.

In the closing days of the campaign, both side have claimed the momentum, and Ernst and the Republican ticket were greeted by cheering supporters who had jammed into the Scott County GOP’s offices when they made a stop there Monday afternoon.

Tuesday morning, Braley said the wind is at his back, touting the efforts of campaign workers and volunteers to get absentee votes collected and urge voters to go to the polls today.

“If you look at the number of doors we knocked over the weekend, the phone calls we made, I can assure you it’s dwarfing what’s happening on the other side,” he said.

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.