Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Central Kentucky this weekend


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Lexington on Friday and Saturday as part of its cross country tour. There’s also a stop in Richmond.

Hotdoggers Ashley Ferrara, or ‘American Ashley’, and Tommy Derken, also known as ‘Tommy Salami’, stopped by ABC36 Friday morning to explain their role.

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“We’re hotdoggers so that means we are the official drivers of the Wienermobile and we get to take it coast to coast on a wiener roast,” said American Ashley.

And it’s quite the sight. The Wienermobile is 60 hot dogs long, or 27 feet, and 24 hot dogs high which is 11 feet tall. It weighs 140,000 hot dogs.

And there’s an actual school hotdoggers have to graduate from to earn the title.

“We spend about two weeks in Hot Dog High and that’s where we do our training. Then once we graduate and become alumni, we then get to take our Wienermobile on the road,” said American Ashley.

There’s 12 hotdoggers who travel the country in teams of two.

The public is invited to ‘meat’ American Ashley and Tommy Salami on Friday, August 14 at Relic Lexington from 4-6 p.m. at 1170 Manchester Street. They’ll also be setup at Kroger on Saturday, August 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the location on 1650 Bryan Station Road.

If you’re in Richmond, the Wienermobile will be setup Saturday, August 15 at the Farmer’s Market at 1238 Barnes Mill Road from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

ABC36’s Erica Bivens, Alyssa Andrews and Cody Adams
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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. Erica also anchors News at Midday from 12-12:30pm. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at ebivens@wtvq.com. Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!