Wienermobile Hits Davenport, Iowa; Kids Yell, Hot Dog!

Connie Wilson By Connie Wilson, 15th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A typical stop by the Wienermobile drivers in Davenport, Iowa.

Wienermobile Hits Town


The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile---all 27 feet of it---sailed into the parking lot of the Hy-Vee Food Store at 2351 West Locust St. in Davenport, Iowa, at 2 p.m. on a Friday.

Along with the big Wiener was a smaller Hot Dog, built on a 15-foot Mini Cooper frame. The smaller vehicle gets about 25 to 30 miles per gallon, and is only two months old. The large Wienermobile gets only 10 to 15 miles per gallon, and, at current gas prices of $3.57, it will cost $115 to fill up its 32.1-gallon tank.

The three-man/woman team in charge of the Wienermobiles when they stopped in Davenport, Iowa were Stephanie Geidel, a native of the state of New York who graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland (near Syracuse) and has a degree in sports management and a Master's in education and is 24 years old. Although she admits to not having seen much of her family while traveling an average of 500 miles per week, she and the other hotdoggers, as they are know, say that, if you are unsure what direction to pursue after college ends, this is a heck of a way to see the country (for free) and pick up a lot of business cards. The tour for at least two of the trio was to end in June, and new hotdoggers are picked from among students who are going into their senior year of college.

It helps to have a pristine driving record, especially when it comes to moving violations. Although there is a two-week training course teaching the hotdoggers how to manage the vehicles and teaching them other information about the company (Oscar Mayer, Kraft Foods), driving a giant hot dog can be tricky.

Bill Blanchett, who graduated from Penn State with a degree in advertising, was interviewing for a marketing job in Washington, D.C., on the phone from the Hy-Vee store in Davenport during this stop.

Nick Osieckie, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, said he was one of the few who did not have a visit to his campus by the Wienermobile, but was actually recruited to become a hotdogger. Osieckie was still mulling potential careers during his Davenport visit and once dreamed of being a writer/reporter, but now thinks he might work in television advertising.

Whatever the trio ends up doing, they will have stories to tell their grandchildren about "My first job after college" that will put other people to shame. As Nick said, "It's not a bad first job, if you aren't sure what you want to do when you grow up." Nick and I also bonded over the fact that his brother is planning on attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where my daughter attended school, to get an MBA in the Music Business area.

Happy driving, hotdoggers, as you press on to the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois.

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Author - 27 books. Yahoo Content Producer of Year (2009); MWC Writer of the Year (2010); IWPA Silver Feather winner (Chicago), 2012 & 2014. Professor: 6 IA/IL colleges.

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