Wiener Takes All races Oct. 6

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS

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.

File photo

At the start­ing gates of the 2017 Wiener Takes All Races, own­ers wait for the sig­nal to re­lease the rac­ers.

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