Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla checks out the inside of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Friday, April 30 at Kent Station. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla checks out the inside of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Friday, April 30 at Kent Station. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Wienermobile makes stop in Kent

Visited Kent Station to help promote need for blood donations

Yes, that was the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile seen Friday in Kent.

The 27-foot long hot dog on wheels came to the Kent Station shopping center to help promote the need for people to donate blood. Kent Station continues to offer pop up blood drives in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest.

People who were at the shopping center during the visit could take pictures, meat the Hotdoggers who drive the coast-to-coast wiener roast and take a peak under the bun.

Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla and Mayor Dana Ralph each showed up to welcome the Wienermobile to town. No word yet on whether either of them sang the Oscar Mayer wiener jingle.

Oscar Mayer created the first Wienermobile in 1936 during the Great Depression, according to the company’s website. It was driven by “Little Oscar” and appeared in parades and at grocery store openings.

In 1986, after nine years off the road, the Wienermobile came back for a 50th birthday celebration. In 1988, six new fiberglass Wienermobiles began touring the nation.


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The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visited Kent Station on April 30. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visited Kent Station on April 30. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

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