The 40+ year tradition continues with Annual Hot Dog Day!

11228914_935455436493575_5298908226455577882_oSTERLING, ILHot Dogs & Sidewalk Sales take over Downtown Sterling.  This annual event, held each year on the 1st Friday of August, has been a tradition for more than 40 years in Downtown Sterling.   On Friday, August 5th, from 11 AM until 2 PM (or while supplies last), downtown merchants will be cooking up hot dogs by the thousands and offering them up for just a quarter, along with drinks and chips.   This year there are 8 cooking sites, including SBM, Golden Key Gifts, JJM Printing, Showplace Antiques, Air Play Sport, City Hall, Smitty’s Sew-n-Vac and Country at Heart.

“Last year, our 5 cooking sites sold over 4,700 hot dogs in just 3 hours,” says Janna Groharing, executive director of Sterling Main Street.  “This year, we’ve bumped up the number of hot dogs, and added a few more cooking locations, which will hopefully alleviate some of the long lines we’ve had in past years.”

In addition to being able to grab an inexpensive lunch, businesses throughout the downtown will be holding sidewalk sales throughout the day, and other family-friendly activities.   Face-painting will be available at the Sterling Main Street office, the YWCA of the Sauk Valley will be hosting “Fizzy Fun science games” and offering root beer floats, and the Sterling Theater will have a special 1 PM movie matinee show.

Last year over 500 bright yellow Hot Dog Day t-shirts were given out.  Join us this year, wear your yellow shirt, and enter to win a drawing for $50 cash!  You can enter to win at any of the 8 cooking sites, or the Sterling Main Street office between 11 AM and 2 PM on Friday.  The winner will be drawn later that afternoon.    2016 Hot Dog Day T-shirts will be available for purchase at any of the 8 cooking sites for just $2 each. Quantities are limited.

For a complete listing of all the activities, cooking sites and sidewalks sales, visit, follow Sterling Main Street on Facebook, or stop by any of the participating businesses to pick up an event guide.

Sterling Main Street is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting, revitalizing and preserving Sterling’s downtown business district through broad-based community support, including both public and private partnerships. For more information on Sterling Main Street please visit

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