About National Corndog Day
National Corn Dog Day is a national holiday to celebrate the deliciousness and versatility of the corn dog! It's a time for family, friends, and communities to come together and enjoy this classic American treat.
Who doesn't love a hot dog on a stick that's been covered in batter and deep-fried? National Corndog Day doesn't just celebrate corndogs as the name implies; it's also a celebration of March Madness, tater tots, and beer, per The Oregonian. The holiday's origins can be traced back to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1992, when high school students Brady Sahnow and Henry Otely were watching March Madness and became hungry. They found some corndogs in the freezer, cooked and ate them, and the snack became part of their basketball-watching tradition for years to come.
The tradition spread when the buddies went off to college, and the first Saturday of the NCAA men's basketball tournament became known as National Corndog Day. Eventually, the holiday grew to include beers and tater tots, too. Eventually, a Triple Double challenge emerged; to win, celebrants must eat 10 corn dogs and 100 tater tots and drink 10 beers.
In 2012, the State of Oregon signed an official proclamation that cemented National Corndog Day as a holiday, recognizing the ties Oregon has with many of the ingredients that go into making this feast. The proclamation noted that the holiday contributed "to a global surge in Oregon's sales of golden-brown corndogs, tasty tater tots, and cold beverages produced in Oregon during the month of March."