The city of Belfast is preparing again for one of the quirkiest festivals of the festival season, the Maine Wienerfest. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, this waterfront event at Steamboat Landing Park is a celebration of dachshunds — those “little dogs with big personalities” — and the people who love them. And they come to Belfast by the hundreds!

Now in its 12th year, the original Wienerfest event was organized as an informal picnic and get-together for families who live with these endearing little hounds. 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 ongoing development and maintenance of Belfast Dog Park.

The Wienerfest promises an afternoon of fun for dachshund owners and non-owners alike. In addition to opportunities for 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. This year a “wicked cute trick” competition has been added. There also will be a raffle opportunity to win dog-related prizes.

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 younger than 12 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 the FOBP website, For more information about the Maine Wienerfest, call 338-2160.