If you’ve been looking for an event to tickle your racing fancy between the Kentucky Derby and Indy 500, don’t miss out on the most entertaining races of all. Mark your calendar for May 18 for the Doxie Dash Wiener Races.
It’s part of the daylong event for the Midwest Dachshund Rescue’s (MWDR) Fifth Annual Cross Town Bark Around at the DuPage County Fair Grounds. The event is the largest Doxie fundraiser in the Midwest with over 400 dogs and 1,000 people expected to be on hand. The Wiener Races are the show case event.
“Wiener Races have been around along time,” says Lori Biesboer, president of the Midwest Dachshund Rescue. “Due to their hunting ability and longer slender bodies (well you hope they are anyway) of doxies, they love to run in the races. The winner of each heat will go against each other to have an overall winner with great prizes for the top three place winners. It is so much fun to watch them race.”
Admission is $5 for adults and includes a free hot dog (of course) and advance registration isn’t required. There are four different race divisions for the Wiener Races.
- Lil’ Schnitz for dogs under two-years-old
- Frankfurters for dogs two to four-years-old
- Bratwursts for dogs five to eight-years old
- Knockwursts for Nine-years and up and special needs pups
If you are looking for a fun-filled day, it pays to get there when the doors open at 10 a.m. so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Events range from the foster dog parade to peanut butter licking contest to the hot dog dunking and costume contests. All this leads up to the Wiener Races at 1:30.
Throughout the day, there will be fun activities aimed at helping raises funds for the MWDR such as a silent auction, “Walk Your Dog Doxie Cakewalk,” a photo op with the Weinermobile peddle car ($10 donation) and more. There are also fun games for the kids along with face painting and shopping galore from bake sales (people and pets) to the general store and more.
The festivities will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the DuPage County Fairgrounds at 2015 West Manchester Road in Wheaton. You don’t have to have a Dachshund to come (but it’s a blast when you do).
The MidWest Dachshund Rescue is non-profit, all volunteer, foster-based rescue that took in 262 dogs last year. They have foster homes in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Check out more online and see some of the auction items on Facebook.
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