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Hot Dog Day: serious purpose behind annual festival
4/22/10

Hog Dog Day, the annual rite of spring in the Village of Alfred, is much more than just another street festival. It raises money – serious money – for area charities.

This year’s Hot Dog Day is Saturday, April 24.
“Over the past 10 years, from 1999 to 2009, the Hot Dog Day Organizing Committee (which draws its members from both Alfred University and Alfred State College) has given more than $75,000 to charity,” noted Patricia Debertolis, assistant dean for new student programs at Alfred University.

It’s hard-earned money, nothing that comes in large amounts, Debertolis explained. The food vendors give the committee 15 percent of their gross sales; art vendors pay $55 per space to set up shop. The committee receives some funds from the sale of its official T-shirts.

To boost its revenues – and to create a more exciting event for visitors – the committee is constantly seeking to add vendors. Debertolis said she anticipates more than 50 art vendors, up from 25 just a few years ago.

Recipients of this year’s Hot Dog Day proceeds will be the Alfred Box of Books, Alfred Boy Scout Troop 19, the Allegany County Mental Health Association, the Alfred Montessori School, the Hornell Area Humane Society, the Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity, the Alfred Station Fire Department and the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co.