BELFAST — Dachshunds from every corner of Maine will strut their stuff noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Maine Wienerfest 2011. As many as 400 dachshunds of every kind — smooth-coated, long-haired, wire-haired, standards, minis and mixes — will gather on the waterfront at Steamboat Landing for a celebration of everything wonderful about these little dogs that think they rule the world.
Leading off the event at 12:30 p.m. will be a Grand Parade of Dachshunds. Among the lively afternoon activities are the Long Dog Derby races to find out the fastest wiener dog in Maine, and which dog can run in a straight line, and a zany costume contest. A series of wacky competitions under the big top will determine the longest dog, shortest dog, best wiener smile, longest tail, loudest bark, longest sit-stay and best trick. Presentations by dachshund experts will highlight the history of the breed, explain how to maintain the health of dachshunds and demonstrate effective ways to train these often willful hounds. Add in pet portraits by a professional photographer, drawing, sculpting and storytelling activities for children, plus gourmet hot dogs and Maine-made ice cream.
The Maine Wienerfest will take place, rain or shine. Admission is $1, free to children under 10. Proceeds will benefit the Belfast Dog Park. The general public, including well-behaved dogs of other breeds, is invited to enjoy the fun. For a schedule of the event, sponsored by Friends of Belfast Parks, visit http://friendsofbelfastparks.org. Puppy and dog sales are not permitted at this family event.