Happy National Hot Dog Day! The National Hog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and, for 2019, today is National Hot Dog Day. The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot lunch on Capitol Hill every year on a Wednesday in July.

Whether they are grilled, boiled, pan-fried, deep-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple. They are loved by children and adults alike, plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili or sauerkraut.

On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento. The “California Capitol City Dawg” features: a grilled 18” all-beef in natural casing frank from Chicago, served on a fresh-baked herb and oil focaccia roll spread with white truffle butter, then grilled, topped with whole grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise, sautéed chopped shallots, organic mixed bay green, maple syrup, marinated fruitwood smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire, chopped tomatoes, sweetened dried cranberries, moose cheese from Sweden, basil olive/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette and ground peppercorn. Whew! I think the taste of the hot dog may have gotten lost.

However, the proceeds from the sale of each of these 3-lb. super dogs were donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Other bits of trivia – over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year, and 7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.

So, there you are, the main dish for tonight’s dinner has been decided – hot dogs! Enjoy.

Herald Day – “Hats off to Herald” happens in 17 days. Forms are available at the Herald Store for the parade, food, canning and photography contests, craft and food booths, the horseshoe tournament and mud volleyball. For information, call 209-712-1851 for the auction, and 209-810-8390 or 209-663-7114 for general information.

It is a great day to meet up with your neighbors, sit and have a chat while dining on the food booth offerings of the local nonprofit groups.

Take a stroll through the craft booths and get a little Christmas shopping done (only 161 shopping days left). And don’t forget the auction. You never know what treasures you will find there that you can’t live without. Leather tooled stools, birdhouses, holiday decorations, jewelry, and metal art, to name a few of the past years’ auction items. The proceeds support the local events and festivals held throughout the year.

And before I forget, birthday shout-out on Saturday, July 20 to my husband, Don. Love you, Honey Bunny. I am so glad, you are as old as I am now.

Dates to Remember:

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Herald Day

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Food Truck Mania in old town Galt, starting at 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11 – Galt Balloon Festival at McFarland Living History Ranch

Monday, Aug. 12 – School starts for Galt High and Liberty Ranch – 25 summer-vacation days left

Thursday, Aug 15 – School starts for Arcohe, Oak View, and Galt elementary schools

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.