Annual Hot Dog Day on NH Statehouse lawn gathers donations for humane society
CONCORD — State lawmakers recessed from their session Thursday by enjoying hot dogs in support of a local humane society.
Hot Dog Day started six years ago after State Rep. John Burt tried to repeal a bill requiring New Hampshire residents to get a permit for campfires on private property.
"If you vote with me, I'll have a campfire without a permit - and everybody laughed - and then I'll invite you to have a hot dog with me," Burt told lawmakers as he attempted to bribe them to repeal the bill.
After learning that he could not bribe other state representatives, he decided to open a hot dog event for everyone, which could be done by inviting a non-profit organization to benefit from the event.
"I love doing it. It's my sixth year doing it. The last five years we raised over $22,000 for five different dog groups," Burt said.
This year, Burt invited The Greater Derry Humane Society due to the grassroot ways they run their organization. He hoped to raise $3,000 to $4,000 for the group.
"A day like this allows us to get donations that we wouldn't ordinarily get," said Paula Dunlavey, chairwoman of the board for The Greater Derry Humane Society. "We appreciate all the donations from all the kind people here, especially to John Burt for having Hot Dog Day."