RE: Hot Dog Fundraisers
Twice a year, at the Saturday/Sunday Fort Crevecoeur Rendezvous, our Boy Scout troop sells hot dogs, nachos, a big dill pickle, can soda, bottle water, and coffee. Plain dogs are $1 (with free catsup, mustard, onions and/or sweet relish) and customers can add (at 50 cents each) cheese sauce, chilli without beans or salsa. The basic nachos (with cheese sauce, chilli without beans OR salsa, plus free jalapeno slices and/or onions) are $1.50 and customers can add additional toppings for 50 cents more each. The dill pickles and drinks are 50 cents each. The troop owns an electric roaster to heat the hot dogs (dirty water dogs) and uses crock pots loaned by troop members for the cheese sauce and chilli. We give generous portions for the price, and our customers seem happy, even though we are not the only food stand at the Rendezvous. We get most of our food supplies at Wally World and Sam's Club, and usually buy our brand name soda well ahead of time when local grocery stores are having sales. We make about $150 to $200 clear profit each time we do it. We have also tried doing a corn boil stand, but found we were too dependent on the weather in a given year as to the quality and quantity (and cost) of the corn, so we gave that up.