Many people often wonder what it would be like to ride on top of the Wienermobile in parade. Well, I consider myself a pretty lucky dog to be able to say that I have. The seat is comfortable, the ride is smooth, and the view is bunderful. It’s nice to see the world from a new perspective, and this is one scene I’ll never get tired of.
Life Inside the Wienermobile Vehicle
Stories from the road
Do you want to dazzle your friends with some frank-tastic Wienermobile knowledge? Well, here are some bun-facts that will leave them in awe, and maybe even help you win a special prize if you see us playing “Wienermobile Trivia” at one of our events.
TRUE of FALSE?
- There are currently 6 Wienermobile vehicles on the road. (TRUE)
- The Wienermobile has been around for 62 years. (FALSE- 2011 marked the vehicle’s 75th anniversary)
- The Wienermobile has a horn that plays the Wiener Jingle. (TRUE)
- Hotdoggers go through a two week training called Hot Dog University. (FALSE- Hot Dog High)
- Oscar Mayer’s son thought up the concept of the Wienermobile. (FALSE- Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer)
- The Wienermobile has clouds painted on the ceiling. (TRUE)
- The 2004 and 2009 models on the road today are much smaller than the Wienermobile of the 1950s. (FALSE- Standing at 27 feet long, 8 feet wide and 11 feet tall, the newer models are the largest yet)
By Sara Haines, Correspondent, NBC’s TODAY Show @sarahaines
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to ride around with some real life “Hotdoggers” in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Aside from the instant smile and giggles bubbling over when you see the automotive, I had no idea the depth of the experience in its entirety.
Yes, the hot dog on wheels gets a reaction from everyone everywhere it goes. BUT, just like in life, if you are too busy pointing fingers and laughing, you may never get to the layers inside the bun (Sorry, I had to…these puns rubbed off on me instantly.) Each year, over 1500 people apply to be the lucky recipient of the Hotdogger title and only 12, yes that’s right, ONLY 12 people ultimately become Hotdoggers. My ride in the Wienermobile experienced plenty of laughs, but once I learned what an amazing opportunity this Hotdogger program is and JUST how competitive it is, my giggles and laughter crept out with a new reverence. I was truly honored to share the road with two of these amazingly talented, intelligent, and self-deprecating brand ambassadors, Dyl-icious Dylan and Ketchup Kylie.
My day started out with Hot Dog High. I tried to pay attention, but once I got my hands on that Wiener Whistle, there was no coming back. I vaguely remember taking notes, but if you had to pick them out of a line up, you may want to think more “doodles.” Then, we jumped in the “party bus” (aka Wienermobile)…well, that is what I was calling it. I got the best job in the bun (yep, another one) because I got to play on the microphone. And “play” I did. After a few rounds of “I say Oscar, you say Mayer…OSCAR Mayer, OSCAR Mayer!” We decided that I needed a name in order to make me official. The birthing of my name may have been the funniest part of the entire day. It was word games galore with a couple of “phone-a-friend” moments to other Hotdogger teams. Final answer – “Sizzling Sara!”
By the time we got to the event, my stomach hurt from laughing. I loved seeing the kids and their faces when they got the whistles (they were ALMOST as excited as I was to get one.) It was also special to see these military women/men sending off post cards to friends and loved ones.
After riding in the Wienermobile AND getting my official name, I found my groove. As I claimed “shot bun” on our way out, and declared a corner of the back closet mine, Dyl-icious Dylan and Ketchup Kylie reminded me that I couldn’t stayL Although I got a glimpse inside the bun of this brand ambassador-ship, my time had come to an end. This amazing program was MUCH more than I ever could have imagined. The old adage’ is true; you should never judge a hot dog by its bun : )
Now watch Sara from NBC’s TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda experience as an honorary Hotdogger below:
Dijon know? The origin of the saying “Polly want a cracker?” dates back to 1849, and for years people have been teaching parrots this saying. Well, what does a loyal Oscar Mayer fan teach his/her parrot? Watch a video of Sandy and her Yellow-naped Amazon parrot in Milton, FL to find out!
Lots of Wienermobile fans ask us what it takes to cut the mustardand become a Hotdogger. Well, you have to be an enthusiast college graduate excited to travel the country in the Wienermobile for one year. My c0-Hotdogger Schnitzel Itzel graduated last year from the University of Texas-Pan American (Go Broncs!), and I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!). While traveling through West Texas, we stopped at the South Plains Career Fair to encourage college attendance.
We had quite the crowd of students taking their picture with LTL LINK, and some of the other professionals stopped by as well, including a group of nurses from Covenant Hospital and a group from South Plains Technical College.
Lucky Dog and I are used to warm welcomes when we roll up in our big orange attention grabber. One reception we will not soon forget was at a restaurant in south Georgia. The wonderful workers at the Smok’n Pig BBQ restaurant, a Valdosta GA tradition, went above and beyond and when we stopped in their parking lot. The food was trumped only by the hospitality of our gracious hosts. Franks for making us ‘doggers feel at home!
Southern hospitality is no myth! Every big city and small town from Birmingham to Williamsburg, Nashville to Tampa, and everywhere in between all welcomed Lucky Dog Lauren and I with open arms. We loved meating each and everyone who saw us on our southeast tour. Franks for the memories!
Fret not southeast, Lucky Dog and I loved you all so much, I have a feeling we will ketchup very soon. Until then, relish every day!
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile stops in all sorts of cities, and some places really relish a visit so much that it becomes a full town gathering. In Caldwell, KS, we had people of all ages come meat up at the Wienermobile.
Also, when Caldwell found out that we were going to visit, the chamber of commerce decided to set up a local “Sing the Jingle” competition, so there was plenty of Wiener Jingle caroling going on!
Some members of the local school band even arranged a version of the Oscar Mayer Bologna Song and the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle.
Click on the video below and listen to a few students from Caldwell, KS High School play the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle!
Hot dogs are synonymous with baseball, the Fourth of July, and weekend cook-outs on a hot, sunny day. Not surprisingly, the summer season sees Oscar Mayer hot dogs fly off of the shelves.
Well, it’s December and the Midwest team is layering up, tying up our boots, and wrapping ourselves up like pigs in a blanket. We may be chili dogs, but nothing is going to stop these Hotdoggers from what we set out to do — spread miles of smiles on our coast-to-coast wiener roast.
Being a native Texan, I don’t typically experience “winter” weather or any weather below 40 degrees until around January or February, but I’m learning a few winter tips from my New York co-pilot, Beefy Brian. We break out all of the tricks (including hand warmers) to keep warm and toasty; after all, no one likes frozen buns. I think I’m adapting fairly well to this new environment; you can hardly tell I’m freezing in the picture below!
We Hotdoggers are always very careful when driving the super-sized sausage around the country. In fact we go through intensive drivers training during Hotdog High, our two week summer training program.
Our Dog Days of summer are more like dog-driving days.
Lucky Dog Lauren and I often tease each other about who is the best Wienermobile driver. Luckily in Pigeon Forge, TN we got to solve our rivalry once and for all. At the track, strapped safely into our ketchup colored karts, Lauren and I bumped, braked, and passed for position. Who do you think won?
Well, I regret to inform you that I was beaten by the better driver that day. Lucky Dog Lauren cruised past me and all the other competition on her way to a first place finish; she was one speedy weenie! But, I had my vengeance on the bumper boats… where we crashed and splashed our ketchup and mustard colored crafts until there were no winners.
After all our dogging of each other at the track, Lucky Dog and I agreed that when we drive the Wienermobile, everyone is a winner!