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National Corndog Day is March 18, 2017

Meat-on-a-Stick Lovers Rejoice as Uniquely Oregon Holiday
Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Growing Fan base Nationwide

Fans of basketball, corndogs and tater tots are eagerly counting the days to March 18, the 25th annual celebration of basketball and meat-on-a-stick known as National Corndog Day.

National Corndog Day is a uniquely Oregon event, in that corndogs were invented in Oregon, tater tots were invented in Oregon and the event was founded in Oregon.

Held on the first Saturday of the men’s college basketball tournament, National Corndog Day was established in 1992 by two college students in Corvallis, Ore. Since its founding, National Corndog Day has grown to include thousands upon thousands of loyal, some might say rabid, fans across the United States and around the globe.

“National Corndog Day was founded on a simple premise: Watch basketball from morning ’til night, eat corndogs and tater tots with friends and have fun,” said Jeff Bernius, who joined the corndog movement in 2010. “When National Corndog Day was created, no one thought it would become so popular. But we should have known. After all, who doesn’t enjoy indulging in the ultimate comfort food, watching hours upon hours of basketball and enjoying time with friends and family.”

Dedicated National Corndog Day fans set their sights on achieving the infamous NCD Triple Double — consuming 10 Foster Farms corndogs, 99 tater tots and 10 cans or bottles of their favorite beverage while watching the day’s games. The National Corndog Day website offers a free downloadable score sheet to help fans track their progress toward the lofty goal.

With the 2017 holiday just days away, Corndog fans are eagerly visiting the National Corndog Day website to download free party packs, get free Foster Farms coupons, register their local parties, and order corndog swag such as commemorative t-shirts and posters.


National Corndog Day Factoids

  • National Corndog Day was founded in Oregon, by Oregon State University college students Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley.
  • Corndogs were invented in Oregon, by George and Versa Boyington, owners of Pronto Pup restaurants. (To be fair, a number of other individuals and organizations claim to have invented the corn dog.)
  • Tater tots were invented in Oregon. In 1953, Ore-Ida founders F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg invented tater tots while trying to find a use of leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. Source
  • Americans consume approx. 70 million pounds of tater tots per year. (Source: Fast Food & Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat, Andrew F. Smith)
  • 69% of Oregonians prefer mustard on their corndogs; 31% prefer ketchup. Source: Show of Hands
  • San Marcos, Texas, has celebrated National Corndog Day as a free community event since 2003. This year, thousands of residents are expected to gather for a corndog contest, crowning of corndog royalty, corndog-themed activities and a limited amount of free corndogs. Source

About National Corndog Day LLC
Founded by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley in 1992, National Corndog Day is the ultimate celebration of basketball, corndogs and tater tots. National Corndog Day LLC is the corporate entity governing National Corndog Day, and is dedicated to continually making the holiday better and more enjoyable for its legions of dedicated fans.


Jeff Bernius
Phone: (503) 319-3462


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