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Dachshund festival hosted races, family fun
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
Lined up in their cage-like starting blocks, with their short legs ready to propel them down the track, eight dachshunds get ready to race for the prize of a squeaky toy and a loving pat.
Wiener dogs are not typically considered prized racers, but they were the main attraction Saturday at the Aggieland Humane Society’s Weiner Fest.
Wiener Fest is the Aggieland Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser, and all of the money the event raised will benefit homeless pets. Hundreds of people brought their dogs to participate in the fundraiser’s many events.
“It brings families and friends together while raising money for the humane society,” said Scarlett Watson, junior economics major.
Wiener Fest hosted 20 heats of preliminary dachshund races and finals came after. Students came out to the event to support their favorite racers and cheer on the animals as they ran.
“This is our second year in a row,” said Andrew Newell, junior mechanical engineering major. “We wanted to see Bronx, the weiner dog who won last year, and cheer for him again. He ‘beasted’ it up.”
The event, held at Wolf Pen Creek Park, included dog-costume contests and a 5K that looped around much of the Wolf Pen Creek area.
“Wanna Be a Wiener” races were held for other breeds of dogs, and even those without dogs could come enjoy the event.
“They even have a race for non-wiener dogs, but it’s funniest to watch the wiener dogs run,” said Jennifer Kunz, junior civil engineering major.
Vendors lined the walkways of Wolf Pen Creek amphitheater selling dog training sessions, dog treats, pet costumes and stuffed animals.
Students were involved in volunteering for the event, racing their dogs and working with the different vendors spaced around the park.
Several students participated in the annual Brazos Bark and Build competition, in which participants design and build sustainable doghouses. The creative doghouses were auctioned off at Weiner Fest for the benefit of the Humane Society.