Students, Faculty and Staff ?Ketchup? at Hot Dog Caper

Students, Faculty and Staff ?Ketchup? at Hot Dog Caper
A student munches a hot dog during the 20th annual Hot Dog Caper.

President J. Michael Ortiz hands out hot dogs to students, faculty and staff.

Students enjoy free hot dogs and entertainment at the event attended by thousands.

Nearly 12,000 hotdogs, 10,000 soft drinks, 5,000 bags of chips and 5,000 ice cream sandwiches were consumed at this year?s Hot Dog Caper. The 20th annual event on Oct. 2 drew thousands from the campus community to University Park where they enjoyed free food and entertainment.

The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc., Associated Students Inc., Facilities, Planning & Management, MAB Services Inc. and Pepsi-Cola Co. co-sponsored the event in an effort to bring the campus community together at the beginning of each fall quarter.

“This event is a great way to welcome students back to campus,” said Kathy Ramsey, chair of the event and assistant to the executive director of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.

Approximately 350 students, staff and faculty members, including university President J. Michael Ortiz and his wife, Betty, volunteered to work the serving lines.

This year?s event featured an appearance from Commander Chuck Street, KIIS-FM 102.7 on-air traffic reporter, who served as deejay and host of games, including a baby food eating contest.

The Hot Dog Caper has proved to be a valuable tradition that unifies the university?s approximately 20,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff.