Dachshunds draw hundreds to annual Wienerfest

By Kendra Caruso | Sep 09, 2019
Photo by: Kendra Caruso A dachshund dressed as a hot dog walks in the 2019 Maine Wienerfest parade Sept. 8 at Heritage Park.

Belfast — Costumed dachshunds descended on Heritage Park for the 16th annual Maine Wienerfest this weekend, attracting crowds to a parade and races.

This year’s costume winner was dressed as a "tuba diver" — a cross between a scuba diver and a tuba. Other notable costumes included a cowboy, lifeguard and the character Georgie from Stephen King’s “It.” A new event record of 32 costume entries was set this year.

There were several international visitors, including some from Brussels, at the Sept. 8 festival. Eva Estler from Germany was visiting her aunt, who lives in Searsport, when she heard about the local Wienerfest. As a dachshund lover, her favorite event was the parade, which was much longer than in previous years.

Executive Director Shelly Butler said it is one of the busiest years since P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center took over the event in 2016. She estimated about 600 people attended.

Wienerfest raises funds for the adoption center, which places 1,000 pets in homes each year, according to Butler. She said the event gives the community a chance to come together and enjoy their pets in a family-friendly environment.

“It’s family-friendly, it’s dog-friendly — there’s a little something for everyone,” Butler said. “ … And it brings people from all around New England and the world.”

Sharon Devorss brought her dachshund Heidi. She said she likes socializing with other dog owners and hearing stories about the breed.

“It’s just a place to talk about dachshunds — we’re crazy about dachshunds,” Devorss said.

Her 1 ½-year-old dog didn’t participate in any of the events because she gets too rambunctious, Devorss said, and Heidi wasn’t in costume because she’s "too pretty to put clothes on."

The event ended with dog races — a lighthearted finale of dog pandemonium. Most dogs chased the crowd, their tails and each other, but a few managed to run the short distance to their owners to finish the race.

 

A dachshund dressed as a "tuba diver" wins best costume at the 2019 Maine Wienerfest Sept. 8 at Heritage Park. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Dachshunds "race" to their owners at the 2019 Maine Wienerfest at Heritage Park. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
A dachshund is dressed as Georgie from Stephen King's "It" during the 2019 Maine Wienerfest Sept. 8 at Heritage Park. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
A dachshund rides in a stroller in the dog parade at the 2019 Maine Wienerfest Sept. 8 at Heritage Park. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Master of Ceremonies Tim Woitowicz at the Maine Wienerfest Sept. 8. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
The 2019 Maine Wienerfest, viewed from above Heritage Park Sept. 8. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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