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Wiener Dog Race Coming To Chillicothe Oktoberfest 2023

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(Chillicothe) – Calling all wiener dogs to join the fun as Petland, Inc. hosts the first-ever Downtown Chillicothe Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. The races will be held as part of Downtown Chillicothe’s Oktoberfest celebration at 4pm in the courtyard east of the Majestic Theater, located at 45 East 2nd Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601. Racers must be dachshunds and at least four months of age to compete for goodies and bragging rights.

“Each year, Petland locations in south central and southern Ohio send many dachshund puppies home with their forever families,” said Elizabeth Kunzelman, Petland VP of Legislative and Community Affairs, and a member of the Downtown Chillicothe Board. “We’re excited to see these pets and their families again, and to celebrate this adorable breed of dog with this family-friendly, fun event.”

To participate, dogs must be pre-registered by Oct. 1, 2023. Registration forms are available at An owner can register one or multiple dachshunds, with each dog requiring its own registration. Shot records for all dogs participating must be shown at check-in.

Racer check-in will be open from 3 – 3:50 p.m. on race day. All entrants will receive two free tickets for Oktoberfest.

Races will be run in heats, with no more than six dogs running at one time. Heat winners will advance to the next stage until the event winner is declared in the final race. Every participating dachshund must have an adult (18 or over) accompanying it. Each dachshund racer must have two people available during its race(s) – one at the start line and one at the finish line – to assure the pet is safe and with its people when not racing. Dogs must be on a leash unless actively racing.

Downtown Chillicothe’s Oktoberfest celebration will take place from 4pm-10pm on East 2nd Street (between Paint and Mulberry Streets). There will be plenty of German food, beer, contests, music and fun. While there is no cost for the Wiener Race, there is a $5 entry fee to Oktoberfest, or a $3 cost if you dress in German attire. Proceeds from the event go to the downtown flowers and Christmas lights projects.