Dachshund Derby and March

The Dachshund Derby

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If your wiener dog feels the need for speed, comes from an impressive blood line, or just dresses well enough to come in last and still merit a photo finish, feel free to enter them in the second annual Dachshund Derby!  From adults to fresh puppies, all wiener dogs are welcome to participate. The derby will pit all of the registered dachshund pups against each other in a timed race from one end of a grass track to the other.

Even if you don’t have a dachshund of your own, the sight of dozens of cute pups dashing for glory is a great event you won’t want to miss!

When: Sunday, September 19th. 

Quarterfinals are from 11am-12pm, and the semi-finals are from 1:30pm-2pm. The finals are immediately following the semi-finals.

Where: Bayfront Festival Park

What: A race from one end of an enclosed grass track to the other.


Race Rules

  1. You will need two people, one to hold onto the dog at the start and one to catch the dog at the finish line. If you do not have a second person let us know and we will call for volunteers from the audience, (but lack of familiarity with the end catcher may work against you!)

  2. People do not run with the dogs from one end to the other. The fun part is to see which dogs run and which visit with their dog buddies instead of running.

  3. The dog that crosses the finish line first will win bragging rights as the official 2021 Dachshund Derby Champion in addition to a trophy and prizes.

  4. No throwing balls or toys as the dogs have to run on their own, please.

  5. For their own safety, all dogs must be on leash until they are ready to run the race.

  6. Any dogs that jump the start whistle will be disqualified at the judges’ discretion.

  7. Race judges will have the final say on who wins, if finishes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd look too close to call.

  8. Costumes encouraged.

  9. Registration is limited to the first 32 dogs who enter. To register, click here.




The March of the Dachshunds

If racing isn’t your wiener dog’s thing, your pup can also join us in the opening ceremony march which kicks off the festival on Friday, September 17. The line-up begins at 2:30pm at Canal Park Lodge, and step off is at 3pm. The march includes live music, a golden keg tapping ceremony, the official Festmaster and Frau, and, of course, the march of the dachshunds. Pups can don their favorite costume or simply come as they are. And, just like Munich’s Oktoberfest, a queen and king will be crowned based on which pup has the best costume. Registration is FREE – to register, click here.