Wienermobile passes through Carroll
by Allen Worrell, News Writer
Ben Kopish and Tara Oslick have become accustomed to the surprised looks they get whenever they drive into town. So the two werent surprised to see so many befuddled onlookers when they pulled into the Hillsville Post Office on July 8. After all, its not everyday that the 27-foot long Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rolls into town.
We get lots of confused looks wherever we go, Kopish said.
The two stopped in Hillsville on their way to the Smoke on the Mountain BBQ State Championships in Galax held July 11-12.
Kopish, a recent University of Wisconsin graduate from Green Bay, and Oslick, a recent Texas A&M grad from Thorndale, Texas, went through Oscar Mayers Hot Dog High in Madison, Wis. before beginning their tour of the East Coast beginning June 15. Just getting into the program is an accomplishment as Oscar Mayer picks 14 recent college graduates each year out of 1,400 applicants.
We work for Oscar Mayer directly and our technical name is Hotdoggers, Oslick said. There are six full-size wienermobiles and eight mini-wienermobiles on the road.
Right now the two are driving the Wienermobile to assorted events around the East Coast at Wal-Marts, grocery stores, etc.
But theyve been to the Academy Awards, Super Bowls, you name it, Kopish said.
And while the Wienermobile is the source of fascination among onlookers, it also helps the company give back to communities. Kopish explains that Oscar Mayer partners with the Second Harvest National Food Bank. He and Oslick collected donations while in Galax to give back to the local Second Harvest Food Bank.
Thats something we do in every community, Kopish said.
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