The information below is from Oktoberfest 2017. Come back soon for the updated Oktoberfest 2018 info!
Register Your Dachshund for the Oktoberfest Running of the Wieners!Where:
German Society 53rd Oktoberfest Celebration
Loves Park City Hall
100 Heart Blvd. Loves Park, IL Race Date: 10/07/17 Saturday
Times: Practice 4:15 pm/ Race 5:00 pm (or as soon thereafter as possible)
Registration Fee: None
Register your Dachshund to race for the gold (trophy) at the third Running of the Wieners at Oktoberfest! These precious pups will race a short distance from one end of our track to the other and the one who crosses the finish line by a nose wins! You won’t want to miss this much anticipated event!
All Dachshunds must bring two representatives with them. One to hold them at the start, and the other to coax them at the finish line. Treats, squeaky toys, or any other type of coercion is allowed, but the puppy must make it to the finish line without manual guidance (or physical help) in order to qualify as a winner. There will be 2 (two) practice runs before the official game begins and all dogs that wish may run with their competitors at that time.
There will be a “Parade of the Dachs” inside the main hall of the Oktoberfest celebration before the race, to show off those bidding for the title. Feel free to dress up your Dachshund in any way you like to gain the attention of (and support) of the crowd!
THE FINE PRINT
All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations. By registering, you are agreeing to hold harmless the German Society of Rockford, their volunteers, vendors, subsidiaries, the City of Loves Park, et al, of any damages or loss caused by your participation in this event. You also understand that, by registering, you are signing a waiver to allow us to use any photographic images, whether still or video, of you and your pet for promotional purposes. Judges will be on hand, and their call is final. In case of a tie, winner of the trophy will be decided on by the judge’s choice (drawing, rematch run of the tying Dachshunds, etc.)
Registrations will be taken up until 4:00 pm on day of race (Preferably, fill out the form below by 10:00am Saturday, the day of the race). All participants must enter through the front gate. Admission ticket required. Must check in by 4:15pm with Marika Mertz at the outdoor Oktoberfestspiel game tent. Parade line-up at 4:45 pm outside at the track. The race will begin as close to 5:00 pm as possible, but we will give our little four-legged stars all of the time and attention necessary to be ready before the race will begin. We’re sure there will be plenty wanting to take photos with these superstars during the Parade of the Dachs!
For more information contact Marika Mertz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org