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Pronto Pups attract hundreds

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

On Saturday, members of the Gerrish family of Grand Rapids bought 24 of the batter-coated hot dogs on a stick on from the stand located on Harbor Drive, next door to the Snug Harbor restaurant. Nathan Gerrish said the group came to town specifically for this event.

“It’s like a Grand Haven health food weekend,” he joked.

Grand Haven resident Chelsea Winkelman waited in a long line with two of her friends to get their fix on Saturday.

“It was worth it, she said. “I love these things.”

Nelson said he never dreamed the winter event would become so popular when he first did it several years ago.

The first year the summer stand was open for a winter weekend was to help raise funds so the Grand Haven High School Choir could make a trip to a competition, Nelson said. After that, it was band uniforms, Interact Club, Fruitport High School’s culinary class and the D.A.R.E. program.

“Our criteria was that it had to be one that benefited local kids,” Nelson said.

The owner said there was no charity involved the last two years because of the negativity coming from people whose organizations were not selected to be the charity. Nelson said that took the fun out of the event.

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To see more photos from the event, click here.

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