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Mike "The Hot Dog Guy" Adams

Mike "The Hot Dog Guy" Adams returns soon to the Crown Point square doing what he does best — hawking dogs and Polish sausage.

CROWN POINT — He's back.

Mike Adams, dubbed "the hot dog guy," will return to the square as his yearly vendor application was approved Wednesday by the Board of Works and Safety.

Sometime in late April is when Adams and his staff will be found hawking his dogs and Polish sausage at the southeast corner of the downtown square and at East and Joliet streets.

Adams also is known for providing dog biscuits and water to people walking their dogs. He also has authorization to operate after 10:30 p.m. on weekends if he chooses to do so. 

"We are definitely itchy to get started," he said. 

This will mark the ninth year Adams is Crown Point's "hot dog guy." He has been called the ambassador of the city. Often he is the first person out-of-town visitors to the square will encounter.

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"The people of Crown Point have really responded to me well," he said. 

Adams said customers appreciate that he and his staff are always waving to people and helping them cross the street. Adams also gets requests to operate a stand at wedding receptions, usually setting up outside the entrance to the reception hall from 10 p.m. to midnight.

"I'm very lucky," he said.

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.