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18 summers on the roadside


For motorists who traveling the TransCanada Highway near Gambo on a regular basis the motorhome with the hotdog stand is familiar sight.

Harold Penney has been a constant companion to the Joey Smallwood, albeit it’s only a sign of the province’s former premier, for the past 18 years. He has spent his past 18 summers working a hot dog stand at Joey’s Lookout. Photo by Barbara Dean-Simmons/tc• Media

For 18 summers Harold Penny has been running the familiar food wagon.

Penny who is originally from Horwood, Notre Dame Bay, spent 16 years in Ontario before moving back to his home province to start this businesses.

He says he got the idea while he was in Ontario, where mobile chip trucks were popular.

“I’m here every day during the summer, unless it’s raining,” Penney told the Beacon.

He usually sets up the barbecue around 11 a.m. and runs until after 6 p.m.

While Joey’s Lookout near Gambo is his usual spot, he sometimes takes his hotdog stand to local summer festivals.

He says he’s met a lot of people, from around the world, at his roadside stop — folks from across Canada, as well as some from the United States.

“I’ve even met people from as far away as Germany,” he said.

The camper van parked next to the hot dog stand gives him shelter in between serving customers.

There have been several camper vans over the 18 years, but this one he’s had for three years.

“I like it,” he says of the day-in, day-out summer routine. “I like meeting people.”

                                   Barb.Dean-Simmons@tc.tc     

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