Hot Dog Day

A summertime favorite for more than 40 years!

WOW! What a day!  Nearly 7,000 Hot Dogs GONE in 3 hours! 

We’ll see you again on the first Friday of August, 2020!

Join us downtown for this annual tradition!  Serving up 25¢ hot dogs, chips & drinks (while supplies last), along with a whole host of sidewalk sales, fun fair games and activities for kids of all ages!

Cooking Sites from 11 am – 2 pm (while supplies last)

Air Play Espresso & Bakery 115 E 3rd St
Big Brothers Big Sisters with Live Better Chiropractic 105 W 3rd St
City of Sterling – City Hall 212 3rd Ave
MyCountyMarket 210 W 3rd St
Golden Key Gifts – Hallmark Gold Crown Corner Ave G & W 4th St
Midland States Bank 302 First Ave
SBM Business Equipment Center 501 Locust St
Smitty’s Sew-N-Vac 505 E 3rd St
Vintage Cousins Emporium & The Emporium Build-A-Pet 318 First Ave



Purchase at the following locations (while supplies last):

City of Sterling – City Hall
Sterling Main Street
Grummert’s Hardware
YWCA of the Sauk Valley at the Fun Fair


Join the Fun Fair held in the parking lot of the YWCA of the Sauk Valley featuring a wide array of kids’ games and activities provide by area non-profits and community organizations.

This years activities are provided by the YWCA of the Sauk Valley, DD Homes, Salvation Army, Univ of Illinois Extension – 4H, United Way of Whiteside County, VeriFacts, Inc., B.L.I.N.D., Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, Tri-County Opportunities Council Head Start, Focus Communications, Focus Communications, Regency Care, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Other Activities & Sidewalk Sales!

And a Special 1 PM Movie Matinee at the Sterling Theater “The Lion King” PLUS 25¢ Extra Small Popcorn (outside only)

Dunk Tank at Champs On Light Street

Try your luck at dunking your favorite school principals & coaches

11:00 AM- 11:30 AM- Mike Berentes- Rock Falls High School
11:30 AM – 12 Noon- Heather Wittenauer- Sterling Public Schools
12 Noon- 12:30 PM – Amy Downs- Sterling Public Schools
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM- Nick Pepper- Sterling High School Baseball Coach
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Alejandro Rivera – Sterling Police Dept.

25¢ Cookie Special at Aurelio’s Bake Shop

FREE Cup of Ice Cream 11am – 1pm (while supplies last)
at CGH Vision Center parking lot as part of Patient Appreciation Days

Enter to Win a chance at a gift basket at Educators of Beauty 211 E 3rd St

25¢ Cookies – 25¢ Slice of Mitchell’s Melons – Sidewalk Sales & Indoor specials at Golden Key Gifts – Hallmark Gold Crown

25¢ Domestic Drafts at The Factory Pub n Grub

Sidewalk Sales

Grummert’s Hardware
Mead’s Bike Shop
Primitive Frills co. – Crazy Craft Mom Of Three
Showplace Antiques & Treasures
UOI Boutique

BLIND Student Leaders Car Wash at City Hall/Coliseum

Don’t miss out of all the fun! Lots to explore all through Downtown Sterling!


Special thanks to our Volunteers!

We will once again partner with area youth from the BLIND Student Leadership Group.  From running kids activities, helping cook & serve the hot dogs, selling our annual t-shirts, running a car wash, help with picking up litter, and documenting their journey on social media, these young leaders will be a dominate force in the success of this year’s event.

BLIND (Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die) is a leadership program for students in 11th and 12th grade.  BLIND schools include Dixon, Fulton, Morrison, Newman, Rock Falls and Prophetstown.  We are thankful for the contribution they make to our event!