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Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 12:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 12:27 p.m. CST
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Larry Dietirch, an alum of Buena Vista, watches the bacon wrapped hot dogs served at the Buena Vista booth. He said that Thanks with Franks is a wonderful and unique event.
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Park Centre put their own spin on hot dogs called the "Freedom Dog" which consisted of chipotle sauce, salsa, Monterrey cheese sauce, tortilla chips and cilantro, during Thursday night's annual Thanks With Franks.
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Scott Pickens, a representative of DirectTV, peddles free hot dogs to Newtonians at the annual Thanks with Franks event on the square hosted by the Jasper County Young Professionals.
Newton Superintendent Bob Callahan points his hot dog at a kid in the crowd while he competes in the eating competition.
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Kids watch the wheel at the Skiff booth, where they were giving away prizes.

It was a hot day for some hots dogs.

At the annual Thanks With Franks event, hosted by the Jasper County Young Professionals, 11,000 hot dogs were given away to attendees. Each booth, run by local businesses, put its own spin on the dogs.

At the DirectTV booth, they put the hot dogs in Styrofoam cups to make a convenient way to walk around the square and take your dog with you. The spectacle at the booth, and at many other booths, was a man in a hot dog suit.

Scott Pickens said the costume was a little hot as the sun set on the west side of the square, where the event took place.

“When else are you going to wear a hot dog costume? Other than Halloween, this is the only opportunity a guy like me has to wear this costume. So I’ll take advantage of it,” he said.

Regardless of the heat, Pickens said he enjoys Thanks With Franks and thought more towns should have an event like it. This is his second year representing DirectTV.

“We absolutely love coming up here to this event,” he said. “It’s a fun, family, fantastic setting.”

Amanda Price, a Thanks With Franks organizer, said she got the idea for Thanks With Franks before the Jasper County Young Professionals started hosting it.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t ever get to taste anybody’s hot dogs because I’m honestly so busy,” Price said. “Last year, our winner for people’s choice was Buena Vista.”

All the proceeds for the event went to Newton Senior High School Drama Department and Red Pride Day Organization. Price said the Jasper County Young Professionals decide every year who the funds will benefit.

“I’m just excited,” Price said. “Look at the turnout.”

Staff writer Dave Hon may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 425, or at dhon@newtondailynews.com.