SHILOH – A piece of American advertising history rolled through Shiloh recently as the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a stop on its nationwide tour at the Green Mount Commons Dierberg’s store.
The mobile hot dog is piloted by John Craft and his co-pilot “Jalapeño Jackie”. The two hotdoggers, as official Wienermobile ambassadors are known as, stopped in Shiloh before heading up to the Dierberg’s store in Edwardsville. The Wienermobile just completed celebrating its 80th Anniversary and is going on a coast to coast “Wiener Roast” tour.
“We’re relishing life and ketchup-ing up with fans,” said Craft.
The car, which is 27 feet or 60 hot dogs long, eight feet or 18 hot dogs wide, and 11 feet or 24 hot dogs tall, is built on a Chevrolet W4 series chassis. The custom-made fiberglass hot dog and bun hide a V-8, 6.0 liter engine. It’s even got anti-lock brakes. It can seat six in ketchup and mustard colored seats, has an exterior back up camera, and a flat screen tv for watching old Oscar Mayer commercials. The horn even plays the official Wiener jingle.
“It’s really cool to be a part of a pop culture icon. People really respond in such a positive way when we do stops like this. Everyone wants a picture and love it when we give out the Wiener Whistles,” said Craft.
Craft encouraged recent college graduates to apply for a position as a hotdogger. Each year Oscar Mayer selects 12 college graduates to pilot the six total Wienermobiles around the nation. Hotdoggers learn a variety of puns and must go through at least 75 per day. [Editor’s note: I can confirm Craft was rattling off hot dog related puns the entire time we spoke]. About 1,200 people apply each year, so the selection process is very strict. Hotdoggers attend around 1,500 events per year in their Wienermobile. Craft says they’re looking for energetic, enthusiastic people to go out and be a part of the Oscar Mayer brand.
If you’re interested in applying to be a Hotdogger and drive the Wienermobile for a year, you must apply by January 31 for a one year position that begins in June. Go to www.oscarmayer.com/wienermobile to view the application.