HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Dick Yoder, whose Pronto Pups were a fixture at the Kansas State Fair for decades, has died at the age of 83.
Yoder's daughter, Dixie Wedel, says he died Saturday at his home in Hutchinson. Yoder's D&J Pronto Pups had five stands where fairgoers could buy the deep-fried, batter-dipped hot dogs.
The Hutchinson News reports that Yoder made a distinction between Pronto Pups and corn dogs, saying corn dogs used cornmeal batter, while Pronto Pups used a wheat/rice/flour mixture.
Wedel says she and her husband bought part of the business when Yoder's partner, Jerry Stucky, sold his share. Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein says Pronto Pups were one of the best-selling items at the fair and a tradition for may fairgoers. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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Eyewitness News Reporter Dave Roberts is talking with Yoder's family today, look for more on his life coming up here at kwch.com.