Herrick Memorial Library at Alfred University

  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Herrick Memorial Library
  • Alfred University
  • 1 Saxon Drive
  • Alfred, NY 14802
  • 607-871-2385 (Phone)
  • 607-871-2299 (Fax)

Hot Dog Day

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.

Serving hot dogs, 1982

Hot dog eating contest, 1981

Ice cream social, 1986

Mud Olympics, 1994