National Corndog Day
National Corndog Day is a celebration concerning basketball, the corn dog (A corn dog is usually a hot dog sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter), Tater Tots, and American beer that occurs in March of every year on the first Saturday of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
National Corndog Day was inaugurated in 1992 in Corvallis, Oregon by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley. The first celebration was informal and involved only corndogs and basketball. In subsequent years, National Corndog day was expanded to include tater tots and beer and gradually spread to other cities. The celebration currently is sponsored by Foster Farms, a Livingston, California-based poultry producer, PBR, a US Midwest-based beer company, and Jones Soda. Operations for National Corndog Day currently are governed by a board of directors consisting of event hosts (or "city captains") based in various cities in the United States.
By 2007, parties celebrating National Corndog Day occurred at 113 locations in more than 30 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Australia. In 2008 participation increased to nearly 5, 000 parties on five continents, including one at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. In 2009 participation fell back to the trend line from the 2008 peak, with nearly 400 on March 21, 2009.  National Corndog Day 2009 took place on Saturday, March 21st, 2009.
- Moyer, Laura (March 21, 2008). "New holiday corny but tasty". Fredericksburg.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- Corn dog lovers, it's your day (thank two Corvallis guys), National Corndog Day combines college hoops, dogs and tots, by John Foyston, The Oregonian Staff, oregonlive.com, March 21, 2009.
- It's National Corndog Day on Saturday, by Elina Shatkin, LATimes.com, March 20, 2009.
- "Proclamation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- Mary Ann Albright, "Corndog Buffs Have Their Day," Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), March 16, 2007, Top Story, Pg. 1.[permanent dead link]
- Ricardo Baca, "Why I adore the lowly corn dog", Denver Post (Denver, CO), March 15, 2006, Sec. Food and Dining, .
- Staff, "Don't wait for the state fair to come back; make your own corn dogs", Anchorage Daily News, October 1, 2003, Sec. Life, Pg. D2.
- Su-Jin Yim, "Every Corndog Has Its (URP) Day", The Oregonian (Portland, OR), March 16, 2002, Sec. Living, Pg. CO1.
- In Tidbits, The Gothamist, March 17, 2006 [permanent dead link].