THE DACHSHUND DERBY – Our 10th Year
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!
DACHSHUND DERBY + WIENER DOG COSTUME CONTEST
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”.
Following the races, watch the pint-sized pups strut their stuff trying to out-shine all others in a no-holds-barred Wiener Dog Costume Contest! Winners are determined by audience applause in conjunction with a dog loving Celebrity Judge.
Races: The racing heats are determined by the dogs’ ages as shown below. Prizes will be awarded for each age bracket. Prizes and group photo given immediately after each heat. The race heats are:
Puppy to 1 year old Lil’ Smokies
1 year – 3 year old Frankfurters
3 year – 5 year old Bratwursts
5 year – 8 year old Schnitzels
8 year and up Knockwursts
Special Needs Braunschweigers
Check out our German Fest Dachshund Derby Sponsors.
View the videos below to see past Dachshund Derby highlights. Thanks to 99.1 WMYX’s Van McNeil for emceeing this year’s races again.