Dachshunds from every corner of Maine and beyond will be strutting their stuff in Belfast on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Maine Wienerfest 2012. Hundreds of wieners of every kind — smooth-coated, long-haired, wire-haired, standards, minis, and mixes — will gather on the waterfront at Steamboat Landing from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a celebration of everything wonderful about these little dogs who think big.

Leading off the event at noon will be a Grand Parade of Dachshunds, a spectacle like none other in the Pine Tree State. Afternoon activities include 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 fabulous doxie costume contest. New this year are Earthdog demonstrations, showcasing the AKC competition that tests the original purpose of these dogs — to pursue badgers into tunnels.

Add in an array of delicious picnic food, including gourmet hot dogs and Maine-made ice cream, and Wienerfest 2012 will be a memorable, inexpensive afternoon for the whole family and several hundred of the most endearing dogs in the state.

Maine Weinerfest 2012 will take place, rain or shine, at Steamboat Landing, on the waterfront in Belfast. Admission is $2 (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. Note: Absolutely no puppy or dog sales are permitted at this fun-filled family event.