ITHACA, N.Y. — The 16th annual hot dog benefit for the SPCA of Tompkins County is taking place Friday on the Ithaca Commons.

As always, the event is hosted by Lou Cassanti, the “Hot Dog Guy.”

Rain or shine, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday on the Ithaca Commons near 15 Steps.

All proceeds benefit the SPCA, which is celebrating its 115th year.

There will be hot dogs, vegan “not-dogs,” bratwurst and chicken speedies.

Learn more at the Facebook event page.

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