Dashing dachshunds needed for 10th annual Wiener Dog Race

Miss Fatty Patty, left, jumps out to an early lead on her way to winning the 2015 Wiener Dog Race in Pendleton. A fundraiser for the Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon, this year's event is Friday, June 24.

It’s time to get dashing — the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon is seeking dachshund owners to enter their dogs in the 10th annual Wiener Dog Race.

With a theme of The Dogtona 400, the event is Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Main Street in downtown Pendleton. It’s held adjacent to the weekly Pendleton Farmers’ Market.

The entry fee for participating wiener dogs is $20 for those pre-registered by Thursday, June 23. The fee increases to $25 on race day. The race is limited to 40 participants, so dachshund owners are encouraged to register their pooches early. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three finishers.

The top dog at the Dogtona 400 will be one of six dachshunds to qualify to run in the televised Northwest Championship Wiener Dog Race. The event attracts racers and spectators from throughout Oregon, Washington and Montana. The winner of the Northwest Championship Race will go on to represent our region at the National Dachshund Races.

Other activities are planned during the Wiener Dog Race, which serves as a fundraiser for the children’s museum. The family fun includes a hot dog eating contest, children’s carnival games, raffle prizes, a bouncy house, food and beverages.

Also, a whole host of activities are planned as part of Wiener Weekend. A follow-up story in the East Oregonian will provide additional information.

Entry forms are available at, by calling 541-276-1066 or at

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