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AU, ASC, village partner for Hot Dog Day fun

The biggest event of the year in the village of Alfred - Hot Dog Day(s) - is full of many exciting and fun activities planned by Alfred University (AU) and Alfred State College students and Alfred clubs and organization which will ultimately benefit local charities.

The annual event-filled weekend, Friday-Saturday April 26-27, will continue a 41-year tradition of activities which, this year, will benefit Allegany County Accord Corp., AE Crandall Hook and Ladder Co., Alfred Box of Books Library, Alfred Montessori School, Alfred Station Fire Co., Allegany County Mental Health Association, and Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity. These charities were chosen by the Hot Dog Day executive committee, comprised of students from Alfred State College and Alfred University.

The weekend will kick off on Friday with the Pine Hill Derby at 6 p.m. near AU’s Pine Hill Suites. Watch AU’s engineering students race down the hill in their hand-crafted derby “cars,” then kick back and enjoy this year’s Hot Dog Day performers OK Go – an alternative rock band whose popular songs include “Here it Goes Again,” “This Too Shall Pass,” “White Knuckles,” and “Needing/Getting.” The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the University’s McLane Athletic Center.

Saturday will begin with the Fun Bun Run/Walk; registration is at 9 a.m. at the Village Bandstand and the walk/run begins at 10. This year the event will be a 5k Color Walk/Run in which participants will have the option to get splashed by color powder at every kilometer mark. Registration is $10 for AU and Alfred State students and $15 for all others. You can pre-register to avoid lines at

From noon-5 p.m. the Carnival and Arts & Crafts Fair will be set up along Main Street, which will be blocked off to traffic. Enjoy booths, vendors, arts & crafts, games, kiddie rides, live music, and – of course – hot dogs. Proceeds from these events are to benefit the local charities listed above.

During the Carnival students will also be holding the Skate Jam at AU’s Davis Gym. A fun-filled extreme sports event, Skate Jam is sure to please your inner skateboarder.

At 1 p.m. on the University’s Tucker Field you will be able to see student teams propel hot dogs with home-made launching devices during the traditional Hot Dog Launch. The teams will be competing for trophies; the one with the farthest-flying hot dog wins!

Also at 1 p.m., the Hot Dog Eating contest will be taking place near AU’s Carnegie Hall, Main Street; come cheer on your favorite competitive eater!

At 2 p.m. a Hot Dog Day tradition, the Mud Olympics, will be held on Tucker Field. Student teams will be competing in volleyball, tug-of-war, and wheelbarrow racing, all taking place in vast expanses of mud.

Finally, at 9 p.m., mentalist Joshua Seth will perform in AU’s Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. This event is sure to blow your mind!

If you are interested in helping out, there will be a community clean-up at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in front of AU’s Kanakadea Hall. Any help is greatly appreciated; garbage bags and plastic gloves will be provided.

If you have any questions about Hot Dog Day, please contact Tricia Debertolis, adviser for Hot Dog Day, at