Wiener Takes All races Oct. 6
Some years, the Wiener Takes All Races don’t go as planned. In 2017, the starting gun went off and the racers milled around the start line getting to know each other, but that was unusual. Most wiener dogs respond to the bribes being offered by enthusiastic owners at the other end of the race course. A few have even been trained to race.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, the 11th annual “Wiener Takes All” Arkansas State Championship will be held on the softball field in Loch Lomond Park. As always, the races will be held in several heats between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Only dachshunds (wiener dogs) race for the title.
There will also be a costume contest and a “Wiener Wanna Be Race” for all kinds of dogs. Shelter dogs will visit for potential adoptions.
A King and Queen wiener dog will be crowned based on funds raised for the shelter. The royal dogs will lead the procession that starts the races.
People come from out of state to compete, animal shelter director Dee Dee Knight-Matney said. Many come back for years, sometimes wearing specially made T-shirts to show their support of their dog.
The event is an important fundraiser for the shelter making up to 6 percent of the budget. While the city pays the shelter to house strays picked up by animal control, the shelter remains an independent nonprofit.
Vendors set up booths with all kinds of pet services and products and some products for pet owners. Lunch is available and all dogs are welcome as spectators.
The deadline to register a dog or sign up for a booth is Sept. 27. Call the shelter for more information 479855-6020.
At the starting gates of the 2017 Wiener Takes All Races, owners wait for the signal to release the racers.