Oscar Mayer story

Oscar Mayer “Win the Ride of Your Life” contest winner sixth grader Kelsey Krueger uses her contest prize to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

11-year-old Krueger was one of 20 winners out of 75,000 children nationwide who competed by writing and sending in a 100 word-essay to Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods brand name who sponsored the contest.

When asked how she felt about the essay she submitted to the contest Krueger replied, “I thought it was a good essay, but I didn’t really expect it to win.” To her surprise the contest judges felt that her essay stood above the rest and was deserving of the grand prize.

Two awards were presented to contestant winners.

The first prize was a visit from an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

The Wienermobile is a 27-foot-long vehicle in the shape of a hot dog. It has a Chevrolet chassis, seats up to six people, and has a “bun roof”. The carpeting is splattered with condiment designs, and the license plate on the front of the car has the word YUMMY printed on it.

In addition to a ride in the Wienermobile, Krueger was also awarded with a $5,000 donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Krueger has been a long time donator toward the Multiple Sclerosis society. She has raised $9, 346.37 since 2003, and plans to continue donating.

Besides the $5,000 prize donation, Krueger came up with a way to use her ride in the Wienermobile to raise more money for the Multi Sclerosis society. “I thought it would be a great idea to use the Wienermobile to sell hot dogs for the MS Society,” said Krueger.

Krueger was right. The Wienermobile attracted an ample amount of attention.

During her ride, people on the street stared at her cruising around town in the massive frank. People even flocked from different cities to sneak a peak at the hot dog on wheels.

Among the crowd of spectators stood Gordon Ross and his wife, Melissa, who brought their two sons from Rice just to see the Wienermobile, “They like cars. And all I’ve ever seen of the Wienermobile was on TV commercials,” said Gordon Ross, a 42-year-old Electrolux employee.

Their 9-year-old son, Tyler Toss, wore an ear-t-ear grin while standing beside the Wienermobile. Although both father and son thought the quirky vehicle was funny and awesome, Ross said he would not want a Wienermobile of his own.

In addition to selling hot dogs, Krueger also sold root beer floats at the price of $1 each at Cash Wise. She also received donations for face painting, Wienerwhistles and bracelets.

In total, Krueger raised $1,923.37. All proceeds were donated to the MS society.

Loren Krueger, 44 and a salesman for Cold Spring Granite, admits still feeling shocked about not only his daughter’s award-winning essay, but also the ambition she holds, “I’m still surprised she won the contest but also at the drive she has. She’s always thinking of new ways to raise money,”

Kelsey’s mother Teresa Krueger, a 44-year-old nurse at St. Cloud Hospital gushed about how pleased her and her husband were with Kelsey, “We’re immensely proud of her”

At the end of the event Krueger was already thinking about her next fund-raiser, a used book sale at the St. Cloud Civic Center next weekend.

When asked if there would be any hotdogs sold at the book sale, chances of grilling franks on the grill looked bleak, “I like hot dogs, but I’m not a big fan of meat, even though I will still eat it. I’m more of a fruit-and-vegetable person.” Krueger said.


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