Dachshunds rule at 2014 Maine Wienerfest

Sep 01, 2014
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Dachshund Henry of Lincoln was crowned the grand champion of the 2012 costume contest for his box of "weenex" tissues outfit.

The city of Belfast is home to all kinds of festivals, fairs and shows every year, but none is more fun or quirky than the annual Maine Wienerfest, now in its 11th year.

Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, this waterfront event at Steamboat Landing Park is not a celebration of grilled hot dogs, but rather a day to celebrate these “little dogs with big personalities” and the people who love them. And they come to Belfast by the hundreds!

The original Wienerfest event was organized as a picnic and a get together just for families who lived with these endearing little hounds that act like much bigger dogs. Gradually it grew to include other activities and the number of dogs and dog lovers increased each year. The Friends of Belfast Parks carries on the tradition today as a way of raising funds for the ongoing development and maintenance at the Belfast Dog Park.

Whether you own a dachshund or not, you will not want to miss this afternoon of fun! In addition to socializing and sharing experiences with fellow dachshund lovers, organized events include a Grand Parade of Dachshunds, a zany costume contest, and a series of hilarious races. One of the most unusual activities will be ongoing demonstrations of teckeling, the age-old hunting technique that uses dachshunds to burrow after badgers, rats and other prey. Everyone can see the doxies dash through a course of tunnels, and owners who wish to have their dogs try this activity will be able to do so.

The Maine Wienerfest will be held rain or shine, beginning at 11 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $2 for adults. Children under 12 years old and dogs are free. Food booths and dog related vendors will be available on the site. No dog or puppy sales are permitted. The full schedule of events is posted on  www.friendsofbelfastparks.org. For more information about the Maine Wienerfest, call 338-2160.

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