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“Calling All Doxies” Registration is Open for the 8th Annual German Fest Dachshund Derby

Registration for the eighth annual Dachshund Derby at German Fest is open and awaiting submittals from the short-statured competitors.

By - Jun 11th, 2014 02:42 pm

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (June 1, 2014) —Registration for the eighth annual Dachshund Derby at German Fest is open and awaiting submittals from the short-statured competitors. German Fest is accepting registration for racers and costume contestants at from now until Tuesday, July 1, 2014. This year’s Derby events will take place on Sunday, July 27th.

Last year, the Doxies drew large crowds eager to cheer on the canine racers, making the Dachshund Derby an anticipated attraction. The dachshunds (racers and costumed) will walk in the Children’s Parade at 3:30 PM.

From noon to 5:30 PM., owners of the four-legged contestants will be able to enjoy the festivities while the pet sitting staff cares for the Doxies. The service is free of charge, however donations will be accepted on behalf of Midwest Dachshund Rescue. Dog owners are asked to bring a Vari Kennel labeled with the dog’s first and last name, a water dish, a leash, a first-aid kit, and waste bags to keep the racers safe and comfortable in the pet sitting area.

Schedule of Events

Dachshund Registration Table (outside Mid-Gate)            11:00 – 12:45

German Fest Gates open                                                   12:00

Blessing of the Doxies                                                        1:05

Race Heats and Awards                                                     1:15 – 2:30

Costume Contest                                                                 2:30

Doxies Lineup for Children’s Parade                                   3:15

Children’s Parade                                                                 3:30

Dachshund Derby concludes                                               4:30

End of Doggy Day Care                                                        5:30


The Dachshund Derby has six heats. Racing heats will be determined by the dogs’ ages,

Lil Smokies               puppy to 1 yr

Frankfurters              1 yr – 3 yr

Bratwursts                 3 yr – 5 yr

Schnitzels                 5 yr – 8 yr

Knockwursts             8 yr +

Special Needs          all ages and wheelies


Registration is $10. Visit the Midwest Dachshund Rescue, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing homeless and needy Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes.

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About German Fest

German Fest, “Milwaukee’s Original Haus Party” is held, rain or shine, Friday, July 25, from 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, June 26, from noon to midnight; and on Sunday, July 27, from noon to 10 p.m. Admission for advanced tickets is $10. During the festival, admission prices are $13 for adults, and $8 for seniors (60 and over) and students with a current school I.D. Children, 12 years and under, are free when accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets online, or for a list of locations where advanced tickets are available in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas, visit

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