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Ballpark's Funnel Dog gets national recognition.

Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, has been serving up great food and drinks throughout its three-year history. Now one of those delicious selections is receiving national recognition.

SI.com, the Sports Illustrated/CNNwebsite, recently compiled its list of Top 10 Minor League Ballpark Foods. Oversized, appetite-inducing photos appeared on each page, along with a brief description of the entree. No. 8 on the list was the Northwest Arkansas Naturals' own Funnel Dog ($3.50), available at the Cider Shack BBQ stand.

SI.com's description of a Funnel Dog goes like this: "This hybrid dinner/dessert combines two staples of ballpark food: funnel cakes and hot dogs. Funnel dogs incorporate the juiciness of a warm dog with the sweet taste of funnel cake lightly coated with powdered sugar."

According to Eric Edelstein, general manager of the Naturals, one night a member of the grounds crew was celebrating a birthday and wanted a corn dog, but the cooks didn't have any corn dog mix, so they used funnel cake mix instead. Nice, but it still didn't taste right. Then someone had the brilliant idea to add a bit of sugar on top. And just like that, a tasty treat was born. That was around July 4, 2008. Today the Naturals sell about 30 to 50 of the dogs per game.

Other selections making the list included the Triple Play, a grilled triple stack of Pullman bread loaded down with smoked brisket and pulled pork, courtesy of the Reno Aces; the Fifth Third Burger, which includes five one-third pound hamburger patties, chili, chips and salsa packed into a 1-pound hamburger bun, courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps; and BBQ Nachos, courtesy of the Memphis Redbirds.

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Title Annotation:Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Author:Shackelford, Scott
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Aug 2, 2010
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