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Heart of America Hot Dog Festival: Here’s what you need to know

The tasty fundraiser focused on hot dogs returns this Saturday, Aug. 5. Here’s a full course on what you need to know before you go.

Hy vee server at heart of america hot dog festival passes hot dog to attendee. kctoday

Feast on franks.

Photo courtesy of Negro League Baseball Museum

Weiner Wisdom

Hot diggity dog. The Heart of America Hot Dog Festival is this Saturday, Aug. 5, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Historic 18th and Vine District. Here’s everything you need to know to be in doggone shape.

Before the bun

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival has been cooking since 2013. As a fundraiser for the Negro League Baseball Museum (NLBM), this franks fest relishes the sausage link between America’s fav pastime and fav ballpark food. Plus, all proceeds support the museum’s community outreach efforts.

Since 2018, 10,000+ NLBM supporters and hot dog lovers regularly attend.

Negro League Baseball Museum outside entrance kctoday

Take me out to the NLBM.

Photo courtesy of Negro League Baseball Museum

Get grilling

Every year, NLBM and Hy-Vee create a themed hot dog that honors a team from the Negro Leagues. This year, the signature weiner is called “The Memphis Red Sox.” Past dogs include “The Monarch,” “The El Maestro,” “The Royal Frank,” “The Bullet Joe,” and “The Campy.”

Order the signature hot dog or build your own creations at the massive toppings station.

The family-friendly festival also features:

  • More ballpark foods + alcohol
  • Games
  • Live music like ConFunkShun and the legendary Dru Hill
  • Local vendors + food trucks
  • Mascots
  • Tours of the NLBM

All activities will happen within a fenced area on Paseo Boulveard, bordered by East 18th Street and Truman Road.

Monty with the Kansas City monachs poses with children at the heart of america hot dog festival kctoday

Slugger makes every moment marvelous.

Photo courtesy of Negro League Baseball Museum

Taste the toppings

Adult tickets start at $35. Tickets for children ages 6-12 are $10 and will only be sold at the door during the event.

Here’s the rundown on the rules:

  • Bring your lawn chairs, but leave your beanie weenies and beers (no outside food or drink).
  • Attendees should plan to carry small, clear bags that max out at 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches.
  • Assistive animals are permitted.
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