Another bite of the Wienermobile story
Here's some from my sizzling, hot-off-the-grill story on the Wienermobile's appearance in Rochester.
Eye-catching and unmistakable, one of the best-known food brands rolled into Rochester Monday.
After two young women parked the iconic vehicle that is as recognizable as the Batmobile, Bigfoot or the Mystery Machine, it immediately began attracting attention.
It's hard not to look twice or maybe three times at a 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog on wheels.
Yes, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in the Med City, literally in the shadow of Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Hospital.
Driven by official Oscar Mayer Hotdoggers — "Victory Dog" Victoria Oleson and "Cruising" Crystal Flores — the vehicle in front of the Staybridge Suites hotel is one of six Wienermobiles criss-crossing the U.S.
With the first hot dog with a steering wheel dating back to 1936, the most famous food promotional vehicle ever (Sorry, Spammobile and the Chock Full O' Nuts truck) attracts crowds that relish its outlandishness.
"It kind of makes people feel like a kid again, giggling and laughing," says Oleson, who has been driving the dog for 11 months on the road.
For this tour stop, the Wienermobile crew has cooked up promotional stops at all three Rochester Hy-Vee grocery stores on Thursday. Expect lots of people posing with the brightly-colored, seven-ton hot dog.
Weinermobile tour stops Thursday
* Hy-Vee North
500 37th St. N.W.
10 a.m. to noon
* Hy-Vee Crossroads
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
* Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza
1315 Sixth St. N.W.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.