Huge hot dog will roll into Salmon Creek

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VANCOUVER — A hot dog-shaped Wienermobile will be the meaty centerpiece of a fundraiser next week to help the fight Alzheimer's disease.

Weighing the same as about 140,500 hot dogs, the 26-foot-long Wienermobile will make a stop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at The Hampton at Salmon Creek Memory Care Community, 2305 N.E. 129th St.

The touring vehicle is one in a fleet of six used by the Oscar Mayer brand to promote its products.

The senior care facility relished the opportunity to host the Wienermobile.

"We also decided to use the event as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to end Alzheimer's disease as we work with families in our neighborhood who face that every day," said Benjamin Surmi, director of community relations for The Hampton.

The public is invited to join residents and staff of the community while they dine on free hot dogs — the real kind — and pose for pictures with the novelty vehicle. Proceeds from sales of soft drinks and ice cream will go to the Alzheimer's Association. RSVP by calling 360-949-7647.