It was a gorgeous day for the 26th Annual Bix Porch Party!
July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day. So while you ponder the universal question of whether a hot dog is or isn’t a sandwich, enjoy these facts about Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile.
- Vanity plates for the Wienermobile have included: YUMMY, OUR DOG, BIG BUN, LIL LINK, OH I WISH, WEENR, WNR MBLE, and BOLOGNA.
- The job title for the driver of the Wienermobile is called “hot dogger.”
- The horn of the vehicle can play the Wiener Jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap.
- In 2009 the Wienermobile was inadvertently turned down a dead end street and when the driver (or hot dogger) tried to turn around in a driveway she failed to put the vehicle in reverse and crashed it into a house. The fact that no one was injured makes me comfortable with the fact that the picture below caused me to giggle.
Speaking of hot dogs, the 25th Annual Bix Porch Party is August 2nd at 11 a.m. and in addition to hot dogs and lemonade, LIVE jazz music is on the menu as Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers play on the porch of the Main Library (321 Main Street.) This is always a fun, family-oriented event and we hope to see you here.
More than 400 people of all ages enjoyed the 22nd Annual Bix Porch Party – a record-breaking number on such a beautiful summer’s day! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers really knew how to excite the crowd, with their toe-tapping jazz renditions of favorites like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.”
The Teen Volunteer Council worked the refreshment booth, earning more than $450 for teen materials and programming. Thank you to Hy-Vee at Rockingham Road and Showcase Cinema 53 for donating hot dogs and popcorn. The teens worked hard for their money and are thrilled with the community support.
Thank you to Don Estes and the band; and to all of the volunteers, library staff, and dedicated Bix fans who help make this party the best one on the block! If you want to learn more about Bix Beiderbecke, jazz music, or Davenport history, visit the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Main Library, or online at www.qcmemory.org.
We’re already looking forward to the 23rd Annual celebration next July!