Small New York Town Goes All-In with ‘Michigan’ Coney Dog Month
There’s this little town in New York that might actually love Michigan just as much as Michiganders do. Plattsburgh, a town with about 20,000 people, tucked in the hills of upstate New York and bordering Vermont along Lake Champlain, has its own special way of celebrating Michigan. They dedicate an entire month to their love for Coney Dogs.
In Plattsburgh, New York, they’ve got their own twist on the classic “Coney Dog” that Michiganders love. They call it a “Michigan.” What’s a Michigan dog, exactly? According to the town’s website, it’s a natural casing hot dog in a split top bun, topped with a special seasoned meat sauce, and you can add mustard and onions on top or buried under the sauce. The history of Michigans in Plattsburgh goes back to the 1920s, says their website. But the exact origin remains a bit of a mystery.
They say they’re the home of “The Michigan.”
July is officially Michigan Month in Plattsburgh, and they go all out to celebrate this iconic hot dog. They even have an annual Michigan Passport that you can use at four different Michigan restaurants in town. These stops include Gus’ Red Hots, Ronnie’s Michigan Stand, Clare & Carl’s, and McSweeney’s Red Hots. And if you’re one of the first 25 people to complete and return your passport to Town Hall, you’ll score a free Michigan t-shirt. Whoever finishes the passport gets a Michigan bumper sticker.
They also hold the Michigan Mile Fun Run, so you can work up an appetite before indulging in some delicious Michigans. Plattsburgh even provides Michigan recipe cards that cover Traditional Michigans, Healthier Michigans, and even Vegan Michigans.
According to Syracuse.com, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman mentioned that all of this will build up to an awesome yearly festival, starting either next year or no later than 2024.