Yes, Alfred has a Hot Dog Day! It all began in 1972 as the idea of two students, Mark O'Meara and Eric "Rick" Vaughn. The event is focused on that ever-popular (and inexpensive) student staple, the hot dog. This totally student-run event raises money for local charities and community-based civic organizations. Hot Dog Day has come to mark the beginning of spring in Alfred. Typically held the third weekend in April, it features a parade, ice cream social, fun run, mud Olympics, and a carnival. Alfred's Main Street is closed off for booths featuring food, games, and entertainment. Each year over 5000 hot dogs are served and about $6000 is raised.