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Hot Dogs, Fire Truck Draw Kids to Rowayton Picnic

NORWALK, Conn. – It was difficult to get Reilly Tanner out of a Rowayton fire truck Tuesday–not even the promise of a hot dog could do the trick. Neither could books. "I'm driving," the toddler said, refusing to leave.

The truck was a major attraction for children at the sixth annual Hot Dog Day at the Rowayton Community Center, held in conjunction with the third annual Goodwives Quilt Show. Older people sat under tents chatting just outside a side door to the Rowayton Library, in a courtyard.

Cynthia Johnson , director of the library, said she would have given out 308 hot dogs before the picnic ended at 2 p.m. She said it was the biggest turnout ever for the celebration of National Hot Dog Month.

Twins Alex and Collum Letters, 6, came to the picnic after camp. "They had two brownies and then a hot dog, in that order," said their mother, Andrea Letters. Asked if he liked hot dogs, Alex nodded his head vigorously.

Inside, a librarian looked at a list of national food days : upcoming are National Raspberry Cream Pie Day on Aug. 1, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Aug. 2 and National S'mores Day on Aug. 10.

One patron said she doesn't usually eat hot dogs but that the one she had was the best ever. Another offered that he doesn't eat hot dogs either. "It's once a year," the librarian said.

Will you celebrate National S'mores Day?

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