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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile stops at Lake Lanier Islands

POSTED: June 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is 27 feet long and is built on a 2004 Chevy W4 series chasis.

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The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is hard to miss. When the 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog on a giant bun zips along the highway, it elicits plenty of stares.

"It’s like being in a parade all the time when you’re driving down the road because you’re waving all the time," Wienermobile driver, or "hotdogger," John Woodbridge said.

The Wienermobile made a stopThursday at Lake Lanier Islands Beach and WaterPark.

The Wienermobiles are on tour across the country to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Oscar Mayer Co., well-known for its production of hot dogs along with other meats and cold cuts.

Outside the Wienermobile, the hotdoggers engaged visitors in all things Oscar Mayer wiener.

Visitors were given the chance to "become" Oscar Mayer wieners by posing for pictures with giant cardboard hot dog cutouts, which they could later look up online and embellish with hot dog condiments.

The hotdoggers also handed out wiener whistles.

Vicki Bruno of Cumming, who visited the Wienermobile with her daughter Isabella, 7, said, "I think it’s hysterical. I used to see them on the road all the time."

Each of the seven Wienermobiles is a customized Chevrolet W4 series chassis created by a company in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Inside the Wienermobile, everything, including the seats, is covered in mustard-yellow and ketchup-red, and the instrument panel is shaped like a hot dog.

The horn of the Wienermobile plays the famous Oscar Mayer jingle. Woodbridge said, "It’s kind of hard to honk if you have any sort of traffic problem."

The road to becoming a hotdogger was "pretty intense," Sammi Park said.

Both Wienermobile drivers, recent college graduates, applied for the yearlong job along with 1,200 others.

After three rounds of interviews, the applicant pool was whittled down to the 14 people chosen as hotdoggers.

Then the hotdoggers went to "Hot Dog High" for a two-week training period during which they learned the ropes of the job.

This particular Wienermobile will travel the Southeast region of the country, from Indiana to Florida, throughout the year.

"It’s the best job in the world," Park said. "We get paid to travel the world and meet awesome people."



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