Dachshund Derby

View the video below to see past Dachshund Derby highlights.  Thanks to 99.1 WMYX’s Van McNeil for emceeing this year’s races again.

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2013 Call for Dogs


This Dachshund Race is the off-the-wall “brain child or pet project” of the late great Patrick T. Dineen. Although he was of Irish decent, he never missed a German Fest and he had great love for his three loyal wiener dogs – Lisa, Libby and Little Cash. He donated his time to bring his Dachshund Race idea to German Fest a few years ago. Dineen originally brought the Race as a one year attraction but it seemed to have “legs” – lots of them! Now the Dachshund Derby is a permanent fixture each year at German Fest thanks to an Irish gentleman by the name of Patrick T. Dineen! Danke Mr. Dineen! We miss you and so do the dogs, Dawg!


The fur flies Sunday afternoon in the annual Dachshund Derby und Wiener Dog Costume Contest! There are five age categories. All entered Dachshunds go schnoz-to-schnoz, and sometimes schnoz-to-tail, all for a chance to be crowned “Champion of the Dachshund Nation”. Wiener Winner Pedigree Dinner!

Following the races, watch the pint-sized pups strut their stuff trying to out-shine all others in Dachshund Dogdom.This is NOT a cage match! It’s a no-holds-barred Wiener Dog Costume Contest! Winners are Doxie determined by audience applause in conjunction with a dog loving Celebrity Judge.