Weiner dog races and pet costume contest
Heilmann Dog Park’s 12th annual Dogtoberfest to be held in Sunken Gardens in downtown Atascadero on Saturday, Oct. 5 in conjunction with Atascadero Colony Days. The event will be held after the Colony Days Parade in Sunken Gardens. Dogtoberfest 2019 includes the always hilarious and wacky Wiener Dog Races and Small Dog Races that are open to any dog 25 pounds or less. The six-lane race track is 32 feet long. Wiener dogs and small dogs race in separate heats. The two top race winners in each heat advance to the next round. Each dog needs two handlers, one to “release” the dog onto the track at the “go” signal, and a “catcher” at the track end.
The unpredictable behavior of the four-legged racers makes this a very entertaining event. Many of the participants are amateurs or beginners, with little training. Some instinctively know to go straight to the end as fast as they can. A few of the defending champions, however, take it seriously. Some dogs train with their owners year-round to try to win. First and second place winners in the Wiener division and the Small Dog division will receive prizes provided by Lemos Feed & Pet Supply as well as trophies. Event proceeds will benefit Heilmann Dog Park. Event will be held rain or shine.