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It's National Corndog Day on Saturday

March 20, 2009 |  4:42 pm

Intrepid reporter Elina Shatkin hoists a 2-pound, 12-inch long Cowabunga Corn Dog at the O.C. Fair. Credit: Rob Takata, For The times Meat on a stick has a glorious, multi-ethnic history, spanning everything from shish kebabs broiled over campfires on Turkish nomads' swords to skewers cooked in Indian tandoori ovens. But none is so uniquely American as the corndog.

This tube of meat coated in corn batter and deep fried has been a fair staple since it was sold for the first time at either the 1942 Texas State Fair or the 1941 Minnesota State Fair.

Let us take a moment to celebrate National Corndog Day on Saturday, the annual holiday that's held the first Saturday of March Madness. Whether you're microwaving a frozen corndog bought in bulk from Costco or noshing on one of Boa's mini Kobe beef corndogs, we can all enjoy pressed meat on a stick.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Intrepid reporter Elina Shatkin hoists a 2-pound, 12-inch-long Cowabunga Corn Dog at the O.C. Fair. (Credit: Rob Takata / For The Times)

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