National Hot Dog Month in Philly, 2012

The celebration of National Hot Dog Days in Philadelphia was establised with an Official Proclamation by Mayor Michael Nutter.
Proclamation establishing National Hot Days in Philadelphia

The first event was held on July 13th (2nd Fridays on Lancaster Ave (link) 2nd Fridays on Lancaster Ave with a clothsline strung along the 3800 block of Lancaster Ave displaying t-shirts from 20 different famous Hot Dog restaurants, while “the Space,” Free Hot Dogs an art gallery at 3820 Lancaster Ave, gave away hot dogs to people out enjoying the 2nd Friday events.

The Dog Days of Summer The Dog Days of Summer was started by Keith Garabedian, the owner of Hot Diggity at 630 South St. (link). List of Hotdog Specials He and nine other South St area restaurants added a special Hot Dog dish to their menus, for the month of July.

Levis Hot Dogs The Dog Days of Summer kick off event was at the South St Hot Dog history display in the old Formost Kosher Sausage Co building at 4th and Gaskill Sts, where Hebrew National and Levis hot dogs were made from 1947 to 1973.

Levis Sign On display was the 12 foot high neon hot dog sign, provided by Len Davidson (Davidson Neon Company) along with early images of hot dog carts along South St. from the 1930’s.


Wienermobile Whistle At the opening on July 18th, the Wienermobile’s birthday, visitors learned the history of the vehicle and were given a Wienermobile whistle and a discount coupon for Levis Hot Dog Stand, now located in Jenkentown Pa. (link)


Exhibit of original art work by Hawk Krall On Friday July 20 at Hot Diggity (630 South St) there was an exhibit of original art work by Hawk Krall and Hot Dog Memorabilia from the collection of Joel Spivak.


Councilman Mark Squilla On Sunday, July 22nd, Councilman Mark Squilla [right] read the Proclamation and Sandra Benham [below, left] and Vickie Feldman [below, right], daughters of Joseph Feldman who designed and manufactured the Levis Hot Dog Sign, Sandra Benham and Vickie Feldman pulled the switch bringing back to life the giant hot dog that once graced the front of Levis at 507 S. 6th St.

Hot Dog Contest Judges Later that day a hot dog topping competition and t-shirt display took place outsideHot Diggity at 630 South St.

The Official celebration on July 23rd was at 5th and South Sts, honoring Gus and earlier hot dog vendors Lennys and Levis with a photo display.

Godshall's PoultryThe Reading Terminal Market celebrated National Hot Dog Month on July 24th, with many specials throughout the market. Paul Stankie, the director of the market, took us around and introduced us to all the vendor’s selling hot dogs at the Market and we ended the tour with a dog at Franks A Lot.
HERO kidsThe Reading Terminal Market also donated Dietz and Watson hot dogs for a community outreach lunch at the HERO (Helping Energize & Rebuild Ourselves) summer camp at 17th and Tioga Sts.