By Ericka Werling
Puns abounded from the team of the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile during a short stop in Abilene Monday at the Eisenhower Center.
“It’s hot off the grill,” said Kelly Goldthorpe, about the weinermobile she and Eliot Pattee were driving enroute from Louisville to Denver.
This particular weinermobile is 8 months old, even newer than Goldthorpe and Pattee are serving in their stint as hotdoggers. The two are completing a year-long stint with the weinermobile. They have served 10 months.
The Midwest Team is one of six teams based from Madison, Wis.
The weinermobile got its start in 1936, Goldthorpe said.
Pattee said the vehicle is made from a 1-ton extended truck with a Chevrolet chassis.
Goldthorpe said they have driven past Abilene several times, and decided to take a short break and stop at the Eisenhower Center.
“We figured we’d stop,” Goldthorpe said.
The pair visited the Truman Presidential Library about a month ago, Pattee said, so it was natural that the Eisenhower Library would be thet next stop.
Goldthorpe said that in Abilene, the weinermobile wasn’t hard to maneuver.
“In bigger cities it a little more difficult to maneuver our buns,” she said.
After the word spread through local media, the weinermobile brought many people, young and old alike, to the Eisenhower Center to catch a photo.