Dachshunds from every corner of Maine will be strutting their stuff in Belfast 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 from noon until 4 p.m. for a celebration of everything wonderful about these little dogs who think they rule the world.

Leading off the event at 12:30 p.m. will be a Grand Parade of Dachshunds, a spectacle to make every doxie owner proud — and bring a smile to the face of anyone who likes dogs. Among the afternoon activities are the Long Dog Derby races (to find out who is the fastest wiener dog in Maine, and who can run in a straight line) and a zany costume contest (including categories honoring costumes that are most clever, the funniest and the most glamorous).

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 our dachshunds, and demonstrate effective ways to train these often willful hounds. The day will also feature pet portraits by a professional photographer, hands-on drawing, sculpting and storytelling activities for children, plus gourmet hot dogs and Maine-made ice cream.

The Maine Weinerfest will take place, rain or shine, at Steamboat Landing, on the waterfront in Belfast. Admission is $1 (free for children under 10), and proceeds will benefit the Belfast Dog Park. The general public, including well-behaved dogs of other breeds, is welcome to come enjoy the fun.

For a schedule of the event, sponsored by Friends of Belfast Parks, visit friendsofbelfastparks.org. No puppy or dog sales are permitted at this fun-filled family event.