Homegrown: Pronto Pups

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The corndog — or, as originally known, the Pronto Pup — originated in Oregon.The story begins on a rainy Labor Day weekend in 1939, when weather turned the hot dog buns into sop at George and Versa Boyington’s Rockaway Beach hot dog stand. They’d counted on Labor Day weekend crowds to replenish their till. Now they had wieners, but no buns. This was a problem that rose time and again on the coast.

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