Heart of America Hot Dog Festival comes to 18th and Vine District in August

Posted at 11:36 AM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 12:46:10-04

The hot dog is a favorite among baseball fans. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is dedicating a festival to the fan fare. 

The 2016 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival will be held on Aug. 13 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located on 1616 East 18th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. 

A new hot dog signature hot dog is joining the lineup. 

"The Royal Frank" includes a Farmland Jumbo frank butterflied and grilled on both sides, brushed with Gates Original BBQ sauce, mustard, chopped bacon, shredded Cheddar cheese and is served on a buttered toasted bun.

The hot dog is named after former Kansas City Royal and current Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. 

"The Royal Frank" will be paired with "The Monarch" hotdog which includes a Farmland jumbo dog with pulled pork, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, red onions, jalapenos and topped with Gates sweet and mild BBQ sauce. 

The festival goers will have an opportunity to build-their-own hot dog with a variety of spreads and garnishes. There will also be other ballpark foods, games, sports mascots and admission to the museum. 


Advance tickets (through Aug. 12) are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Children under 5 are free with adult admission. Tickets include admission to the NLBM, a free hot dog and a drink. 

Tickets purchased the day of the event will cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids. 

A special Top Dog VIP ticket costs $100 and includes admission for two, four complimentary hot dogs, four drinks, four alcoholic beverages, reserved seating and two festival t-shirts. 

Tickets can be purchased online. 

Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the event, organizers said. 

White is also partnering with the NLBM and Hy-Vee to create a limited edition bobble head in his image with the "Gold Glove" as the 2nd baseman on the Kansas City Monarchs.