Hundreds of dachshunds descended to the Belfast waterfront, Sept. 11, for a good-natured roast of the breed better known as the “hot dog.”

The seventh annual Wienerfest featured a parade of “doxies,” lectures by dachshund experts, a costume contest — “There’s always one in a bun,” emcee Diane Braybrook said in response to one entry — pet portraits and dachshund races.

The Juke Rockets played good time blues, modifying some traditional numbers for the occasion (sample lyric: “Caledonia! Caledonia! How do you wag your tail so hard?”), and a number of vendors set up tents offering homemade dog treats, crafts, and, of course, hot dogs.

Bill Jamison of Winterport brought his dachshunds Cinnamon and Cocoa to the event, each wearing polka dot dresses, in purple and pink, respectively. Jamison got the dogs about a year ago. As he describes it,  he went to pick out one from a friend who was breeding them, but he couldn’t choose, so he got two.

Jane Cady and her daughter Megan Wick brought Wiggum, who was rescued from a shelter in Tennessee and subseqently named for the police chief on “The Simpsons.”

For the occasion, Wiggum wore a blue uniform with his name embroidered on the back in gold. Pockets on either side held a radio and handcuffs.

“He’s our first little dog, but we adore him,” Cady said. “He gets away with everything.”

Bob McCloskey of Hershey, Penn. said he never wanted a dog but his wife did and he didn’t mind dachshunds so much, so he got her one for her birthday. Enter Mr. Snuggles, who was originally named Snuggles but was given a masculine title at McCloskey’s insistence.

The Pennsylvanians were in Maine to get away from flooding back home at the hands of Tropical Storm Lee. McCloskey described Hershey as an island, surrounded by floodwaters, though his own home, located on a hill, was spared.

“Where we used to live [near Harrisburg] was on the front page of USA Today,” he said. “A couple of guys in a boat.”

On the way through the Midcoast, the McCloskeys saw a poster for Wienerfest and decided to come. Standing on the Belfast waterfront with Mr. Snuggles grooving the ground at his feet, Bob McCloskey seemed entranced by the beautiful early fall day in Maine, and impressed with the scale of the event.

“We don’t have anything like this down there [in Hershey, Penn.]” he said. “Just chocolate.”

Janice and Roger Samson, with their cream-colored dachshund Sally, stopped for an interview with reporters Penny and Charlie Crockett from Maine TV Channel 85. Sally sported a light yellow dress and Samson carried a matching bonnet of the sort one wears on Easter Sunday, but which, she said, Sally would have preferred not to wear on any day.

Samson seemed unconcerned about the hat, and Sally kept it on long enough to compete in the costume competition later in the day.

“I’ve always liked dressing my dachshunds, so this is the ultimate for me,” Samson said.

Judy Gallant of Frankfort had Buddy, Emma and Chloe with her on Sunday. Asked why she owned dachshunds, she said, “They’re just the best.”

“And as they say, that’s the long and short of it,” she added.

Asked if they really say that about dachshunds, Gallant said they do.

If anything, Wienerfest played to the breed’s shortcomings. The costume competition showed any costume on a dachshund looks either ridiculous or ridiculously cute, and both versions were crowd pleasers. The races — a short sprint on shorter legs — displayed, to charming effect, how totally unfamiliar most dachshunds are with the concept of racing.

“Every time they’d release the dogs, a big cheer would go up from the crowd, and then it would turn to laughter,” said Dale Kuhnert, of event sponsor Friends of Belfast Parks.

“Everybody seemed to be smiling. That was the neat thing about it,” he said.

This year’s Wienerfest was the first under the guidance of Friends of Belfast Parks. The organization stepped in when founder Diane Wood (formerly Diane Mende) retired earlier this year.

Friends of Belfast Parks President Carol Good said the group hung posters from Machias to Vermont this year, and the turnout seemed to reflect the effort.

After going home briefly during the event, Good recalled returning to the park and being stunned to see the number of people and pets flooding in from Commercial Street and Front Street. At one point, it was rumored that the line to get in was backed up to High Street, three blocks from the entrance to the park.

“Somebody said to me, it’s like Mecca,” Good said. “I said, it is like Mecca.”

Aside from the spectacle of hundreds of dachshunds in one place — 700 people paid the $1 admission fee to get into the event, from which organizers estimated 500 dogs attended — Wienerfest was a fundraiser for the Belfast Dog Park.

Good said the money raised on Sunday would go toward maintenance of the park. Several larger projects planned for the three-year-old facility, located off Route 52 in the Walsh Field Recreation Area, include a shelter in the small dog area and a water feature for the big dogs.