Wienermobile Visits Wilmington, N.C., KOA
What’s 27 feet long, round all over and rolls on four wheels?
All right, you saw the picture – it’s the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a creation that has been in existence for 75 years and spent Friday and Saturday (Sept. 9-10) in Wilmington, N.C., the Star News reported.
Saturday night, the largest mobile hot dog sat in the middle of the KOA Campground on Market Street, where revelers lined up, some waiting up to 30 minutes, to go inside.
Inside, high-energy Reese Brammell played host to everyone from toddlers to senior citizens.
“Our job title is hotdogger,” Brammell said, adding it is on his business card.
The Wienermobile is 27 feet long, or 60 hot dogs, he said. The fiberglass dog weighs more than 7 tons and sits on a 2004 Chevy chassis.
This particular Wienermobile is one of six that travel the nation most of the year. A woman stepped up through the door and asked Brammell how he was doing.
“Bun-believable,” he said. “Frank-tastic.”
The hotdoggers, usually recent college graduates, spend a year on tour. In about three months, Brammell has already been to 14 states.
David Horne, of Wilmington, stepped down off a Wienermobile for the second time in his life.
“My mom took us to see it when we were kids,” he said. This time, he came with his wife, Lisa, and their children, Logan, 8, and Conner, 5.
“I liked that it looked like a hot dog,” Logan said.
“I just loved everything,” Conner said.
Oscar Mayer whistle blows punctuated the sounds of children playing games. The smoke from a campfire carried the smell of hot dogs and s’mores through the air.