Columbus High grad drives Oscar Mayer Wienermobile as professional 'Hotdogger'

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Alex Connett

She's relishing this opportunity. Her skills really cut the mustard. The list goes on and on.

That's one of the advantages of Alex Connett's job as a "Hotdogger" who drives an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Another advantage? An official Hotdogger name. Hers is "Atta Dog Alex."

Connett, 22, grew up in Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School in 2009. Then, she attended the University of Texas at Austin. The Wienermobile gig is her first job out of college.

Connett and her fellow Hotdoggers are in a competition, and it's crunch time. Connett and her teammate, "Sizzlin' Stephen," are competing as "Team #BorntoBun." The contest ends Sept. 21 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.

Part of the competition involves fan support. To support Connett's team online, click here. If her team wins, you could win a visit from the Wienermobile.

"I really want to come back home in the Wienermobile," Connett said in a recent phone interview.

At press time, her team was in second place. Six teams are competing.

Connett has also earned points by completing challenges issued by Oscar Mayer, as well as fans. "The challenges really give us a great opportunity to reach out to communities," Connett said.

Among her recent accomplishments? She convinced a 75-year-old woman to get a Wienermobile tattoo. Yes, it was permanent.

"She was just a really spontaneous woman," Connett said.

Connett started the Wienermobile job in June. The competition began in July. The Hotdogger gig lasts a year, and is fairly competitive. Connett heard there were 1,200-1,500 applicants for 12 spots.

Her Wienermobile is based in the company's Midwest region.

"It's been a blast," she said of the experience. "After this, I don't think I could ever sit at a desk."

She's thinking about working in the film world once the Wienermobile job ends.

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