Hot Dog Day

A summertime favorite for more than 45 years, the tradition continues each year on the 1st Friday of August!

Featuring 25¢ hot dogs, chips and drinks at various locations throughout the downtown, along with sidewalk sales, a car wash, fun fair and more!

The grilling begins at 11:00 AM until sold out or 2:00 PM, whichever occurs first and will vary by site.

See you in 2024!

2023 Cooking Sites:

Air Play Espresso & Bakery
115 E. 3rd Street

Bardier & Ramirez Real Estate
415 Locust Street

Build-A-Pet Clubhouse
502 First Avenue

County Market
210 W. 3rd Street

Golden Key Gifts
Corner of Avenue G & W. 4th Street

Grummert’s Hardware
424 Locust Street

Kurt & Brian Properties @ The Shoppes at Grandon Plaza
310 2nd Avenue

Midland States Bank @ Showplace Antiques
307 First Avenue

Sterling Police Department
City of Sterling City Hall
212 3rd Avenue (south parking lot)

Thanks to County Market, the Walmart Distribution Center and Grummert’s Hardware for helping with our supplies!

Air Play Espresso & Bakery • Brea’s Custom Creations • Build-A-Pet Clubhouse • CGH Vision Center • Champs on Light Street • Car Wash at City Hall • Golden Key Gifts • Grummert’s Hardware • Mead’s Bike Shop • Moonlight Apothecary • Primitive Frills • Rustic Paw Studio • Showplace Antiques • Sterling Theater • Stone Bridge Running • UOI Boutique • West End Moxie

The Official 2023 Hot Dog Day T-shirt

Thank you to our 2023 T-shirt Sponsors

Bardier Ramirez Real Estate • Brink’s • Candlelight Inn • CGH Medical Center • Champs on Light Street • Curt Repass Country Financial • Edward Jones Agent Nick Lareau • El Hijo • Exquisite Floral & Party Décor • Golden Key Gifts • Grummert’s Hardware • JJM Printing • Judy Powell Realty • Kurt & Brian Properties • Lucky Lucy’s • McCue Tax & Accounting • Sterling NAPA Auto Parts • Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce • Showplace Antiques • Sauk Valley Bank • Sterling Theater • TBK Bank • T-Mobile

FREE children’s activities from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Sterling Marketplace (111 W. 2nd St)

Games & activities hosted by: BLIND Leadership • Sterling Federal Bank • Birth to Five II • TCOC • NAMI • Home of Hope • Heritage Woods • Kreider Services • RSVP • Whiteside County 4H • Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA • LSSI • Culver’s • Sauk Valley Bank • St. Paul Lutheran Church •ROE #47 • Woodlawn Arts Academy • Newman Cheer • Verifacts • Impact Life • Sinnissippi Centers • TBK Bank • 1st Student Bussing

Special thanks to the BLIND Leadership youth for their assistance throughout the downtown!

Join us for a mural treasure hunt. Thanks to our Mural Committee members and the Sterling Kiwanis, learn about the history of the murals and our ongoing efforts to preserve and restore them. Stop by the “Sterling Hydraulic Co.,” the “Lady Zouaves,” the “Ringling Brother Circus Fire,” and “The Sterling ‘Secret Six’,” to learn more! (See locations on map below)

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