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Who Let The Dogs Out?! Wiener Dog Events at Oktoberfest Southlake

Oct 03, 2014 08:59AM ● By Dia

As the runners take their marks, the crowd buzzes with anticipation. Flashes and cheers excite the athletes even more—each competitor vying to have the fastest time across the finish line. Will Roxy be able to defend her championship title or will another runner claim the prize?

“On your mark, get set…GO!”

 And they’re off! Streaks of auburn lightening with tiny little legs! The wiener dog races will play out like this on Saturday, October 4, at Oktoberfest Southlake.

With nearly 200 competitors last year, the wiener dog costume parade and wiener dog races are undoubtedly the most popular elements of the annual German festival in Southlake Town Square. Oktoberfest Southlake will open for a 13th year this weekend, Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5.

The beloved dog events will be in a prime area this year, located in the Sports Zone on the street in front of Mi Cocina, allowing for a bigger track for the competitors and better viewing for the spectators. All of the action will be broadcast live on the 9x16 foot GoVision big screen.

Former American Idol finalist and Texas native Celena Rae will emcee the events, starting with the  wiener dog costume parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by the wiener dog races at 10:00 a.m. Proud Dachshund owners may register their dogs for the competitions online for a $20 fee or at the event for a $25 fee. 

The wiener dog events are made possible due in part to Park Place Motorcars Mercedes-Benz of 

  Grapevine, the event sponsor, and 20+ dedicated volunteers.

After what is sure to be an incredible display of athletic prowess, stop by Clayton’s K-9 Cookies dog treat stand, an entrepreneurial venture started by an elementary school boy from Keller. With help from his big sister who manages social media for the business, Clayton has been selling canine treats at dog parks since 2010.

Watching the adorable parade and races has been known to give people puppy fever. Not to worry, you can adopt a furry friend of your own. Dachshund Lovers of Texas Rescue is a foster-based, no-kill rescue program located in Dallas. With dozens of dogs needing new homes, the organization is the perfect option for someone considering adoption. Be sure to stop by the organization’s booth and visit with representatives.

The Bella Foundation will also be on site. In an effort to raise awareness about over- euthanization of pets, the Oklahoma non-profit assists low-income, elderly and terminally ill pet owners who are unable to afford veterinary care for their animals. If assistance is given, the pet owner must agree to volunteer eight hours of time to their local shelter.

Don’t miss one moment of the excitement! Bring your family (including the four legged members) to Oktoberfest.


Oktoberfest Southlake offers free admission and parking. Hours of operation are Friday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Oktoberfest Southlake is hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 817-481-8200 or go to