Did you see the “Wienermobile” visit Huntsville?

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The famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile outside the Wall Triana Kroger in Madison. (Audrey Johnson / Hville Blast)

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visited two Huntsville area locations today: Kroger on University Dr. in Huntsville and the Wall Triana Kroger in Madison.

While there’s plenty to do in Huntsville this weekend, Alabamaians will have another chance to see the 27 foot long vehicle at the Alabama Jeep Jam in Eastaboga tomorrow between 9AM and 3PM.

What is the Wienermobile?

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Hotdoggers Karsen Idelman (left) and Samantha Benish (right) drive the Oscar Mayer wienermobile around the Southeast.(Audrey Johnson / Hville Blast)

Twelve drivers pilot a fleet of six Wienermobiles across the country to promote Oscar Mayer. Each year, over 2,000 students apply for the 12 open positions–that means it’s statically harder to become a hotdogger than be admitted to an Ivy League school. You read that right.

Birmingham native Jimmy Creamer, who graduated from the University of Alabama, was one of the lucky 12 to land the coveted job. He travels across the east, while Samantha Benish and Karsen Idelman travel across the Southeast.

“We’re really excited to be in Alabama. This is our first time for both Samantha and me to be in Alabama, and we’ve really enjoyed it so far. Everyone has been so kind and it’s beautiful.”

Karsen Idelman, Oscar Mayer Hotdogger + Wienermobile driver

The Wienermobile history

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The Wienermobile first hit the road in 1936. (Audrey Johnson / Hville Blast)

The Wienermobile hit the road in 1936 and has since evolved into several iterations. Spevco of Winston-Salem, N.C., custom manufactures the vehicles.

Samantha and Karsen pilot the newest model, their wienermobile is a 2021, and the duo travels across the Southeast handing out exclusive wiener whistles, Oscar Mayer coupons and taking pictures.

I love traveling to new cities. I get to see the Southeast, which is a part of the country I haven’t really visited before so going to see a new city every week has been ‘buns and buns’ of fun, as we like to say. 

Samantha Benish, Oscar Mayer Hotdogger + Wienermobile driver

To earn their wiener license, Hotdoggers undergo 40 hours of behind the wheel training with retired police officers and must pass a comprehensive road test.

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