Thursday, August 22, 2013

It must be August in Jonesboro – the Wienermobile is here


I lived in Indiana for 62 years and never saw an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, even though I desperately wanted to see one ever since I saw Little Oscar in a Wienermobile on TV in the 1950s.

Now, after six years in Arkansas, I’ve seen them three times!

I followed WEENR from Paragould to our county road on Aug. 10, 2010, then caught up with it again on Aug. 14, 2012 when it was parked in front of the Hays supermarket at Stadium and Nettleton in Jonesboro. I was freelancing for the local paper at the time, so I got the red carpet treatment and was allowed inside the fabled machine.

Morgan texted me a picture of BIG BUN about 1:30 p.m. today, saying it would be in front of the Walmart on Highland in Jonesboro until 5 p.m., so I hustled down to check it out.

There are six Wienermobiles rambling around the country, piloted by a dozen carefully chosen Hotdoggers – recent college grads judged to have the right stuff to be the face of Oscar Mayer for a whole year. I signed up for a chance to win the use of a Wienermobile for a day, but I’m not holding my breath.

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