Pronto Pups attract hundreds

More than 4,000 hot dogs went out the window during the annual Pronto Pups three-day winter sale held over the weekend, according to owner Carl Nelson. "It's a big social event,' he said.
Becky Vargo
Jan 23, 2012


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.



It is great to see the Pronto Pup open each winter, a refreshing reminder of fun times in the summer in Grand Haven. What would only make it better is if Pronto Pup patrons would more uniformly carry their trash to a trash container. Harbor Drive, South from about the State Park and around the curve onto Grand, is every year littered with little wooden sticks the winter weekend that Pronto Pup is open.


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