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1998 Oscar Mayer Talent Search Grand Prize Winner
ORL98111701 - 17 NOVEMBER 1998 - ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA: With a dolphin's personal congratulatory flipper shake, Cara Owada, age 4, from Kapolei, Hawaii, was named the 1998 Oscar Mayer Talent Search Grand Prize Winner at SeaWorld Orlando by singing her bologna-biting rendition of The Bologna Song. As the Grand Prize "Wiener", Cara won an appearance in an Oscar Mayer television commercial and a college scholarship worth $20,000. Pictured with Karen Atlee, SeaWorld animal trainer. .wy/Handout UPI
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Oscar Mayer is an American meat and cold cut production company, owned by Kraft Foods, known for its hot dogs, bologna, bacon and Lunchables products.

German immigrant Oscar F. Mayer (March 29, 1859 in Neresheim - March 11, 1955) began working at a meat market in Detroit, Michigan, and later in Chicago, Illinois. In 1900 in Chicago, Oscar Mayer, along with his brother Gottfried, leased the Kolling Meat Market. The two sold bratwurst, liverwurst, and weißwurst and were popular in the predominantly German neighborhoods of Chicago around the market.

As the meat market's popularity grew, it expanded its storefront and sponsored local events including the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. By 1900 the company had 43 employees and Chicago-wide delivery service. In 1904 Oscar Mayer began branding its meats to capitalize on their popularity, beginning an industry-wide trend. In 1906 Oscar Mayer became one of the first companies to voluntarily submit to the newly-created Food Safety Inspection Service (part of the United States Department of Agriculture) for testing the purity of their products.

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