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Wiener Dog Races & Events

Saturday, Oktober 5th, 2019

This year's wiener dog races will have many dogs of varying ages, racing in a single-elimination format throughout the day, and ending with three champions - one dog for each age division.  

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Each champion will receive prizes (to be announced). Other events include a wiener dog parade and a best dressed contest for both male and female wiener dogs. 


Other dogs are welcome to come watch. A water station/poop area will be clearly marked. We thank you in advance for cleaning up after your dog(s). 

Race Rules

Divisions: There are three divisions - puppy (under one year of age), adult (one year of age or older) and senior (nine years of age and older). 


Heats:  Heats are organized accourding to the dogs' age (pully - under 1 year of age, adult - one year of age or older, and senior - nine years of age and older)  Each heat will have a winner.  All heat winners qualify for a semi-final race.  Winners of the semi-final race will compete in he championship race to determine best of day honors in each age division.


Handlers: Each dog must have someone to release the dog and someone to receive. Volunteers are available to release, if needed. The receivers may use any means to call the dog (holding a toy or treat and/or calling the dog). Throwing of objects is not allowed.  If you are bringing multiple dogs, please bring enough people to care for them while you are involved with the races.


Race Entry Fee: No entry fee for all dogs pre-registered by Oktober 4th, 2019. Entry fee is $5 for all dogs registered on-site the day of the event. On-site registration is from Noon-1:00 p.m.

Race Times:  The Call to Post is at 1:10 pm, followed by the Wiener Dog Parade and the crowning of the King & Queen.  Heat races will begin immediately after the completion of the crowning of the King & Queen.  The championship races will begin at approximately 4 PM.



Race & Event Schedule

Galena Oktoberfest 2019 Wiener Dog Schedule


12:00pm – 1:00pm           Wiener Dog Registration

1:10pm                                 Call to the Post and WIener Dog Parade

1:30pm                                 Best Dressed Male & Female Wiener Dog event

1:45pm                                 Begin Heat Races (three divisions: Puppy, Adult & Senior)

3:30pm                                 Semifinal Races for all three divisions

                                              Senior Championship Race

                                              Adult Championship Race

                                              Puppy Championship Race

                                              Legends Race (All Previous Champions




Online Registration

Online registration is now available.  You can still register your dog the day of the event for $5 dollars.

You can also download the registration form by clicking here and mailing to the Galena Lions Club @ PO Box 56, Galena, IL  61036

Special thanks to New Earth Animals for all of the donated prizes for the winning wiener dogs, to Galena Square Veterinary Clinic for donating leashes for all dogs involved, and to Charlie Fach for making the beautiful trophies for the winners.


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