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2018 Kalamazoo Hot Dog Walk
The tradition continues on Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m. The Kalamazoo Hot Dog Walk is all about having fun, making new friends, sampling great food and helping those in need in our community. As we celebrate our eighth event, we are thrilled that once again proceeds from this year’s KHDW will benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes to help in their fight against hunger.
Don’t get left behind; we expect to fill very quickly when registration goes live on April 14.
We expect to run until about 5:30 p.m. You’ll need to be available for the entire event. Make sure you have the whole afternoon open before registering.
The $50 registration fee includes a hot dog from each of our six restaurant partners, a commemorative t-shirt, and transportation , with proceeds going to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Go ahead and order whatever you want; it’s all covered!
Do not be concerned that you don’t know everyone participating. None of us do. We always have a great time and meet some really cool people.
If anyone gives you a hard time about stuffing your face all afternoon, remember that we’ll be purchasing around 400 hot dogs from local businesses in our community and raising money to benefit the hungry in Kalamazoo. Let’s all feel good about that.
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Register on April 14.
No joke. Last year’s event filled in under a day. Don’t get left without a spot. We plan to fill every seat, so there won’t be room for any late additions.
Be sure you have the whole afternoon off.
It’s an all-or-nothing type deal. You need to be available the whole afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. because we’re all riding together. Don’t make us explain how a bus ride works.
Try a dog from every stop.
Yeah, we know that sounds like a lot of food, but remember that one of the great things about this event is trying something new. Even if you only take a bite, at least you’ve tried it and your registration fee includes a dog at every stop anyway.
Want to help more?
Great! You can make an additional donation to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes when you register and we’ll have a collection box on the day of the event for further contributions.
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Have kids or other family that would get a kick out of the event?
You can always register them if you think it’s worth it (only registered guests may ride the bus), but our advice is to invite them to see you off at check-in or to stop by to see the bus arrive at one of our stops. This is a great way for kids or family members to witness the fun and snap a picture without the commitment or expense of the full event.
Go potty before you come to the event.
We do not have bathroom facilities at our check-in location. The good news is we won’t be there long.
Don’t order anything else at the restaurants.
All of our restaurant partners have other awesome menu items that you should try…another time. We have the ordering process down to a science; don’t slow us down by placing additional food and drink orders. Thanks in advance for that one.
Water is your friend.
Keep yourself hydrated throughout the event, but drinking anything other than water will just fill you up. You won’t need any help doing that.
Talk to strangers.
The KHDW attracts some of the coolest people in Kalamazoo, but you won’t know that if you sit with the same people all day. Mix it up; you’ll be glad you did.
We have a big group and a short amount of time to be served at each stop. Stay close to the action and listen for your name so we can get everyone served as quickly as possible. The KHDW Committee are better at planning events than waiting tables.
Use the hashtag #kzoohotdogwalk before, during and after the event.
Tell everyone that you plan to attend, keep them updated throughout the event and then let them know how great a time you had when it’s over. In fact, you could make a post about the KHDW now. Go ahead.
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