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New events, traditions all part of the activity at Alfred's annual Hot Dog Day

This year, Alfred’s biggest annual event – Hot Dog Day(s) – will be full of new and exciting events as well as long-standing traditions to mark the 42nd year of celebration.

Hot Dog Day weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with the annual Alfred University (AU) Pine Hill Derby (weather permitting) in which engineering students race home-made, gravity-propelled vehicles down Pine Hill on the north end of campus.

At 7 p.m. the AU Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist Frank Mitchell Bush will perform at Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center. At 9 p.m., hypnotist Tom Bresadola will perform at Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, while an open house will be held at the John L. Stull Observatory, on the south end of campus. (Note: if the sky is cloudy the observatory will be closed.)

Saturday will start off with the Color Walk/Run, which will begin in front of Herrick Library at 10 a.m. Registration is $10 for AU and Alfred State students and $15 for all other participants. To register, visit At 11:45 a.m. the Alfred Lions Club Chicken Barbecue will open at the Union University Church Center, corner of Main and Church streets (first-come first-served).

From noon-5 p.m. on Main Street will be the Hot Dog Day Festival with booths, arts and crafts, games, live music, raffles, and the main attraction - hot dogs. Proceeds will benefit local charities. From 1-4 p.m. guests are invited to visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and the Inamori Kyocera Museum on the 2nd floor of Binns-Merrill Hall.

At 1 p.m. there will be a men's lacrosse game vs. Hartwick, an Empire 8 contest, at Yunevick Stadium at Merrill Field. Also at 1, the Men's Tennis Team will host Elmira, also an Empire 8 contest, at the tennis courts near McLane Center.

From 4-5 p.m. Scott-DeFranco Norton (AU ’14) will perform on Alfred University’s famous Carillon, located between the Career Development Center and Howell Hall on the upper level of campus.

To cap off Saturday’s events there will be a DOGFEST at 6 p.m. in AU’s McLane Center and surrounding parking lot. DOGFEST will be an outdoor music festival featuring six bands from several music genres, numerous food/beverage vendors, and other surprises. Featured acts include the indie rock band American Authors, hip hop/R&B artist Mack Wilds, country artist Greg Bates, indie pop band MisterWives, “What Cheer? Brigade” – a 19-piece brass band, and Hunting Stories, a Boston-based bluegrass band. The festival will run until midnight. Tickets are on sale for $10 ($15 at the door) for AU or Alfred State students, and $15 ($20 at the door) for the general public.

Also, Saturday night from 8-11, there with be an exhibition of neon, light, and projections from students, faculty, and alumni of the AU Sculpture and Dimensional Studies Department in the ceramic parking lot behind Harder Hall.

Sunday will close Hot Dog weekend’s events will the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition from 1-3 p.m. at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in Harder Hall.