20th annual Hot Dog Festival kicks off

More than 12,000 people expected to be in downtown Frankfort Friday and Saturday.
More than 12,000 people expected to be in downtown Frankfort Friday and Saturday.

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Part of downtown Frankfort will be blocked off Friday and Saturday for the 20th annual Hot Dog Festival.

More the 12,000 people are expected to attend the event Friday and Saturday.

The name of the festival was inspired by Frankfort High School’s nickname, the Hot Dogs.

Festival chairman Tom Crawford said there are several stories about how the school’s nickname came to be. Crawford said his favorite one relates to the basketball teams of the 1920s and 1930s, which went to the state title five times and won four them.

“I guess the kids were cocky. They’d say, ‘Oh here come those hot dogs,’ so that name stuck, the Frankfort Hot Dogs, from there,” said Crawford.

The Festival features a dog show, a mini-tractor pull, a 5K and a variety of hot dogs.

The festival concludes Saturday night with musical performances by The Midnight Special and The Van Dells.

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