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Third Annual Half-Pound Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Bill Good and Douglas Craiglow, July 4, 2012Will Douglas Craiglow win for a third season in a row, or will you challenge his title?

Douglas has beat out other competitors the last two years in a heated (and hot!) competition. This year, we hear he has a few local challengers out to wrest away the honor!

Tabitha Althaus, Mayor David Smith, Deputy Sheriff Jeff Dixon

But even more importantly, can you beat Lancaster’s Mayor David Smith?

Visit the Dandy Dog booth at the Lancaster, Ohio, fairgrounds by 4:00 p.m. to enter, or click here to register by email.

Welcome back!

The start of the 2013 fairs & festivals season is just around the corner. Dandy Dog! will be at the Community Days Festival May 10–12 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds!

Psst….Dandy Dog! will be unveiling a creamy, dreamy mouthwatering treat!

  • Friday May 10—5 pm-10 pm
  • Saturday May 11—10am-10 pm
  • Sunday May 12—12 noon- 4 pm
Admission: Kids 12 and under FREE, 13 and up $2.00.  FREE Parking.  


This event is hosted by the West Side United Neighbors Block Watch.  For event information call Eric Keener (740)654-9248.

A Report from the County Fair

Another happy customer at the County Fair

Happy customer

Yesterday this tike put away two quarter-pound dogs. Today…he conquered the half-pounder! He said, and we quote, “I’m going to eat this hot dog to death!”


Then he whirled around all day on a bunch of fair rides.


So take that all you adults!

Join Us at the County Fair!

Visit the Fairfield County Fair 2012, Oct. 7-13 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio—this is Ohio’s last county fair of the season, and it’s a great time! (Click for a map!)


Look for Dandy Dog outside the grandstand. Use your Dandy Dollars for great savings! We’ll be featuring yummy hot dogs with ALL NEW topping ideas, root beer floats (don’t forget your mug to get $1 off your refill), and more.

In honor of our Dandy Dog Demolition Derby car, we have a special dog:

A Demo Dog is everything we have piled high on your favorite size dog! That’s right–onions, chili, pepper, sauerkraut, cheese, jalapenos, sweet-hot pepper jelly, tomatoes, cole slaw, relish, sport peppers, cajun spice, and anything else you can find in our cart!

Watch the demolition derby on Friday night. If the Dandy Dog car wins, everyone with a Dandy Dog mug gets root beer floats for $1 ! Whee!

Come to Canal!

Come to Canal for Labor Day!

Yes, it’s a little drippy this weekend, but people are still coming down to Canal Winchester’s Labor Day Festival! Join us for food, fun, rides, and lots of music.

On Monday, drop by with your union card and get $1 off any hot dog, brat, or root beer float!

Did we mention there’s also a beer tent? Run by Kingy’s Pizza, it lets you buy a pitcher of beer, listen to the music pumping out from the main stage, and then take home the pitcher as a souvenir.


Carnival Foods August 1, 2, 3

Better than a fair…it’s Carnival!

Dandy Dog! will be in front of Carnival Foods in Lancaster on August 1, 2, and 3.

Stop by for some new menu items!

  • Bigger-than-ever root beer floats in a cup you keep!
  • Dandy Dogs–1/4 pound and 1/2 pound
  • Johnsonville Beer Brats
  • Slaw Dog
  • Chicago Dog
  • Cajun Dandy Dog

Lancaster Festival Fair Day

Join us at the Lancaster Festival Fair Day

From the Lancaster Festival website, this beautiful poster was created by Sean Foley

Dandy Dog will be at the fairgrounds on July 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., participating in the Lancaster Festival Fair Day! We won’t be selling our half-pound hot dogs, but we will offer a fun (and science-based) activity for kids: make your own mini-root beer float!

Children admitted free, Adults $5, free parking on grounds. Please bring pet food or supplies to donate to benefit the Humane Society and you’ll be entered in a drawing for free LeAnn Rimes concert tickets!

The organizers call this a family day of old-fashioned fun features animal demonstrations, hands-on projects, activities and exhibits, home cooked foods and lots more.


Get the whole schedule of events here on the festival website.

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

Bill Good and Douglas Craiglow, July 4, 2012
Doug accepts his prize: a month’s supply of Dandy Dogs!

Douglas Craiglow of Lancaster retains his title as the Half-Pound Hot Dog Champion. This year he managed almost 2 pounds (1 lb. 14.2 oz) by the 12-minute time limit on July 4, 2012. And in 95+° heat. Whew!

We even got local newspaper coverage: Check out Contestants-savor-flavor-summer-race-eat-most-hot-dogs. Check out the 13 great up-close-and-personal photos that photographer Matthew Berry snapped. You can even order prints if you’d like to have those images on your walls or coffee cups!


Also, if anyone has video of the contest, please contact Leah Good. Our videos did not come out, and we would love to use yours on our website!

Next…we’ll take on Nathan’s little contest held somewhere on the East Coast. Those puny ‘dogs got nothin’ on Lancaster’s mighty weiners!

Thanks to all our contestants! If you want to qualify for next year’s contest, visit us at the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival, the Amanda Firefighters’ Festival, or the Fairfield County Fair.

Gearing Up for…July 4!

We know you are soooooo ready…

for the Second Annual Half-Pound Hot Dog Eating Contest!

July 4, at 5 p.m. (ish) at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds

We’re pumped, too! Last year’s winner will be competing again this year—will you be the one who knocks him off his throne? Three brothers from Canal Winchester ate two half-pounders in less than 12 minutes and earned a spot in Contestants’ Row

Will you be next?

If you want to compete, drop us a line.

Community Days!

Join Us at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds for Community Days

Community Days, sponsored by the West Side Neighbors Blockwatch, kicked off last night with cool breezes, fun rides for kids of all ages, and what promises to be a great musical scene.


We’re offering a great SPECIAL for this event:

A 1/4-lb. hot dog, bag of chips, and soft drink for only $4.50!

And we have our Dandy Dog! mugs: order a root beer float for $3, and the mug is yours to keep. Bring it back to all our events, all year long, and we’ll refill it for only $2!