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Sterling keeps hot dog tradition alive

Crislon Garcia takes a picture of hot dog mascot Chalo Herrera standing with, from left, Larry Crain, Leo Dallgas-Frey, and LaVelle Crain during Hot Dog Day on Friday in downtown Sterling.
Riley Johnson and Claire Bickett both share the cash box where they work to rapidly make change Friday to keep the line moving for people purchasing hot dogs for a quarter outside Build-A-Pet Clubhouse/Vintage Cousins along First Avenue in Sterling.
Propane grills were fired up and cooking hot dogs by the dozens on Friday at locations throughout Sterling for Hot Dog Day and Fun Fair. Dogs went for a quarter. There were also sidewalk sales, a car wash, and fun fair.
A crowd is lined up at the Midland States Bank tent along First Avenue in downtown Sterling on Friday at noon. Hot dogs go for quarter at locations throughout the city during Hot Dog Day and Fun Fair on the first Friday in August — a tradition that goes back  more than 40 years.
Troy Taylor

Troy E. Taylor

Was named editor for and the Gazette and Telegraph in 2021. An Illinois native, he has been a reporter or editor in daily newspapers since 1989.