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On June 30, organizers in Niles, Ohio, hosted the first Harry Stevens Hot Dog Day in something like 30 years. Stevens lived in Niles during the time he’s credited with inventing the hot dog (not the meat itself, but the idea of putting wieners in buns to make for easier eating). After he died, his family deeded land he owned to the city, and it’s now Stevens Park. The June 30 event drew quite a crowd for a big parade (doubling as the Fourth of July parade), which featured the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. This tractor and trailer were all decked out for the occasion!


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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 1 year ago

    That’s the way to “march” in a parade!

  • Definitely my style – it was plenty hot standing out in the sun trying to take photos!

    – Monnie Ryan

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 1 year ago

    Fun scene and capture Monnie :)

  • Thanks, Susie! We had a great time!

    – Monnie Ryan

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 1 year ago

    Happy Independence Day 2013…

  • Thanks very much, Lori!

    – Monnie Ryan

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  • Thanks very much!!

    – Monnie Ryan

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Midwestern United States Art & Photography!!”

  • Thanks very much!!

    – Monnie Ryan

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 1 year ago

    Nice one! Looks SO much like home! Great shot, Monnie!

  • Thanks – I think all small-town parades are pretty similar (fire trucks, tractors, cheerleaders and bands and such). The last couple I haven’t seen horses and riders like we used to see, but many communities have eliminated parades totally in recent years so maybe that’s part of the reason.

    – Monnie Ryan

  • Poverty
    Povertyabout 1 year ago

    What you say above about many towns eliminating parades is the same over here Monnie. They used to be a great day for all but now the kids don’t even know what they were like. Sad. Glad you caught this one and loved your info. on the town of Nilesand the invention of the " Hotdog ". Cheers.Tony.

  • Yes, it is a bit sad. We still have a few around here (mostly for July 4 and St. Patrick’s Day, of all things), but they’re certainly not what they used to be.

    – Monnie Ryan

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 1 year ago

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