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Half-Pound Hot Dog Eating Contest!

5th Annual Half-Pound Hot Dog Eating Contest Offers Cash Prize

Dandy Dog! LLC and the Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce to cosponsor annual event with the 4th of July committee

IMG_6321The 5th annual half-pound hot dog eating contest will be held July 4, 2014, at 5 p.m. on the Midway stage at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds as part of the annual 4th of July festivities.

This year’s contest marks the second year the winner will receive a cash prize. $100 will be given to the person who eats the most hot dogs (by weight) in 12 minutes.

Potential competitors should sign up at the Dandy Dog food booth by 4 p.m. on July 4, 2015.

The competition will be framed with music by Columbus band Third Departure from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Last year’s winner, Rob Cothern of Lithopolis, ate nearly three hot dogs (with buns) in the 12 allotted minutes.


Community Days Festival!

Community Fun in Lancaster!

Community Days Festival

Join us for the West Side United Neighbors Block Watch annual Community Days Festival 

Friday, May 8–Sunday, May 10

Free fireworks Saturday night!

See the full schedule at the Community Days Festival website.

Join Us in Canal Winchester

Join Us at the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival!

canalWinchesterlabordaySaturday is FREE RIDE DAY!

After the rides, have a Dandy Dog root beer float (or creamy dreamy orange float or strawberry float) because, man, it’s HOT!

But you’re still hungry, right? So have a 1/4 pound hot dog slathered with some meaty chili and cheese. Or how about bringing some of the Windy City with a cool Chicago Dog?

The Labor Day Festival runs Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Visit the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival site for more information or download the full schedule.


We have a winner!

We have a winner!

Rob Cothern of Lithopolis, Ohio, has won this year’s 4th annual Half-Pound Hot Dog Eating Contest!

The official statistics have been calculated: Rob ate 2 lbs. 11.5 oz. of hot dogs and buns to achieve this year’s win!*

To compare, Joey Chestnut, this year’s winner of that other famous hot dog eating contest in New York, ate 61 regular hot dogs, and those dogs weigh in (without regular bun) at about 1.9 oz. each, whereas ours weigh in (without our huge bun)  at 8 oz. each…. We’re thinking about sending Rob to New York next year to challenge that Chestnut! Wimpy little dogs with their puny little buns will seem like kids’ play to Rob!

Congratulations, Rob, and congratulations to all our contestants who were hungry enough and gracious enough to participate! Thanks especially to Douglas Craiglow, winner of the prior three contests. Douglas’s reaction to Robbie’s win? “That guy’s a beast!” he said admiringly.

Have any pictures of this year’s contest you’d like to share? We’d love to see them! Send to We appreciate it and we’ll post them here and on Facebook!

*Earlier reports had 3.0 lbs., but we forgot to subtract the weight of the enclosing baskets. Sorry ’bout that!

Stars and Stripes in Sugar Grove

Join us for the Berne Union Music Boosters Stars and Strips in Sugar Grove festivities June 27-28!

fireworksTwo days of fun at the Sugar Grove Stars and Stripes Festival 2014! This will be our first year in Sugar Grove (as vendors…we’ve traveled as a family to see the great fireworks they put on!) and we are looking forward to bringing our neighbors and friends fantastic 1/4-pound and 1/2-pound hot dogs along with root beer and creamy dreamy orange floats.

On Friday night, a huge competition for all you American Idol-wannabes: karaoke! For kids under age 14 and men and women. We’re especially looking forward to the unique jazzy, upbeat sounds of the Arnett Howard Band on Saturday night!

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Schedule of Events
Friday June 27th, 2014
4:00 PM

  • Opening Ceremony – BU Alumni Choir Performs
  • Indoor Craft Fair Opens
  • Mega 50/50 Raffle Sales begin
  • Pie Drop off for contest (4:00 to 6:00 PM)

5:00 PM

  • Little Queens Registration opens

CAR SHOW – until 9:00 PM

DJ Johnny Garber & company – On the Car Show Stage

6:00 PM

  • Queens pageant begins – Community Room

6:30 PM

  • Check-in for Stars & Stripes Idol Karaoke Contestants
  • Announcing of Pie Contest Winners – Main Stage
  • Charity Pie Auction (following winners)

7:00 PM

11:00 PM

  • Festival grounds close

Saturday June 28th, 2014
8:00 AM

  • Our Town 5k walk/run begins

10:00 AM

  • Grand Parade

After Grand Parade

  • Festival Grounds open
  • BBQ Chicken Sales begin
  • Midway Opens – Indoor/outdoor vendors open

11:15 AM

  • Crystal De-Lites Twirlers – Main Stage

12:15 PM

  • Berne Union Golden Rocket Marching Band Main Stage

1:00 PM

  • The Carried – Contemporary Christian – Main Stage
  • Vintage Base Ball – The Ohio Village Muffins vs. BU Administration and Hometown Heros

2:30 PM

  • Susan’s Tap & Toe Performers – Main Stage

4:00 PM

  • Lancaster Community Band – Main Stage

5:30 PM

  • The Nostalgics (16-piece Big Band!) – Main Stage

7:00 – 10:00 PM

  • The Arnett Howard Band

10:00 PM (approx.)

  • BOOM in the Grove fireworks spectacular

Following Fireworks

  • Announcement of Mega 50/50 Winner
  • Announcement of Basket Raffle Winners – Main Stage

Schedule subject to change

Vettes, anyone?

Corvette image

Rusty and Kathy Burris’s awesome model.

Fast Cars and Hot Dogs!

Dandy Dog! has been invited to join the festivities at the 41st annual Corvettes of Lancaster Car Show at Taylor Chevrolet!

Visit us from 9-6 on Saturday, June 14, at 2510 North Memorial Drive  in Lancaster!

Support the Band of Gold!

galesThis Saturday, May 24, Dandy Dog! will be helping out at the fundraiser for the Lancaster Band of Gold’s trip to the national 4th of July parade in Washington, DC. Visit us at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds for the all-day festival, which features an antique and craft show, yard sale, car show, rides and games, and (of course) food! Not to mention…music all day performed by your favorite band members!

Dandy Dog will donate 100% of our profits during the festivities to the Band of Gold. Come down for a half-pound hot dog and a creamy root beer float! We may even have special float flavors to honor the band…you’ll just have to come find out! Click here for more info! 2013 Band of Gold

Community Days!

The West Side United Neighbors Block Watch is hosting its annual Community Days Festival this week! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, visit us at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds to kick off the festival season. We’ll bring the dogs and floats, you bring the family and friends for rides, food, fun, and even a marble tournament and car show.

Click the picture to visit the Community Days Festival site for the complete schedule of events, or visit

Dandy Dog at the 2013 Community Days Festival

It’s the County Fair! Whee!

Come on Down to the Fairfield County Fair!


The last big county fair of the season, Fairfield County’s fair is full of fun rides…and great food, including Dandy Dog! We have our half-pound and quarter-pound dogs, of course, along with yummy root beer and dreamy orange floats. (Be on the lookout for a special limited-time float flavor…strawberry! I know, crazy, right? But sweet and creamy and pink!)


Look for us right behind the grandstand’s back door. While you go under the bleachers, be sure to donate to the Lancaster Band Boosters Band of Gold. The kids are raising money to travel to Washington, DC, next 4th of July for the national parade!

This year we’ll bring back our Thursday night special, Seafood Gumbo. Look for other soup specials because it’s supposed to be a beautiful fall week—sunny but not too warm during the day, and crisp at night! We’ll have some hot coffee on tap, too.

Join Us in Amanda!

The Amanda Firefighters’ Festival starts Thursday night at 5 p.m. and includes a parade at 6 p.m.! Whee! Who doesn’t love a parade? A big highlight for the weekend is the Amanda queen and princesses will be strolling around with their sister princesses and queens from other small towns around Ohio. And at Dandy Dog, we know how much theses gorgeous courts love root beer floats! (These pictures are the Baltimore court. Come back later for Amanda court photos!)

The rides also look great this year, and the weather promises to be beautiful Friday and Saturday.