Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces plans for new Heart of America Hot Dog Festival

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announced plans for a new Heart of America Hot Dog Festival Friday.

The event is meant to draw attention to the museum at an important time, when another city is coming forward with plans of its own to build a negro league museum.

The museum spotlights a unique time in history: African-Americans' role in the great American past time. However, if plans go accordingly, that uniqueness will be shared with Birmingham, Ala.

Kansas City's Negro Leagues Museum draws thousands of visitors from around the country and the world.

Birmingham wants to open its own museum next year.

Museum curator Bob Kendrick says while Birmingham officials have come to visit, he doesn't know the full extent of their plans.

Birmingham officials told Kendrick they hope to specifically focus on Alabama's black baseball history, which would help Kansas City to continually secure artifacts and funding for the museum.

"If the focus is on telling that story, then hopefully we become partners in our efforts," Kendrick said. "But if the focus is more general, and it becomes a competing situation, we will roll up our sleeves and prepare to compete just like in baseball."

The Heart of America Hot Dog Festival will take place Aug. 17, from noon to 9 p.m., at 1616 E. 18th Street.

The cost for advance tickets is $10 per person and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Kids under 5 are free.

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $15 per person. Tickets include one free hot dog and one soft drink. T

he festival will feature hot dogs from all over the country and live jazz music.

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