Archive Photo of the Day: Hot Dog Concession at the PNE

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Concession stands and food carts have come a long way at Playland and the PNE but you can always rely on the availability of the classic footlong hot dog.

1953 – Vancouver Archives #CVA 180-7211.

Earlier this spring, the Pacific National Exhibition announced the passing of the ‘King of the Midway,’ legendary pitchman and carny, Jack Hunter. “Jack was a beloved member of the extended PNE family for 73 years, most well known as the colourful owner of the Foot Long Hot Dog booth, a popular concession at the annual Fair at the PNE. Jack got his start at the Fair in 1941, leading ponies in a pony ring when he was only 11 years old. Since then, he has done everything from working rides to selling his famous hotdogs.”

Jack took over a hotdog stand in 1957 and the rest is history. Just last year he passed over the reins of his Foot Long Hotdog booth to his son Jason.

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