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Costumes, Wiener Dog races and treats: It’s time again for the city’s Canine Carnival

By popular demand, the Weiner Dog Races are back this year, with Dachshunds competing in three categories: Little Links, Bratwurst and Senior Schnitzel. (WYDaily/Courtesy Williamsburg Parks and Recreation)
By popular demand, the Weiner Dog Races are back this year, with Dachshunds competing in three categories: Little Links, Bratwurst and Senior Schnitzel. (WYDaily/Courtesy Williamsburg Parks and Recreation)

Calling all canines: An afternoon of “tail-waggin’ fun” awaits.

The City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation Department is having its third-annual Canine Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Waller Mill Park,  901 Airport Road.

The event will feature creative costumes, a Dachshund race and dog caricatures.

The carnival runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Furry friends can be brought to the carnival on a leash and visit various booths, including caricaturists, pet item vendors, the Capt’n Crabby food truck and the Radar Run.

By popular demand, the Wiener Dog Races are back this year, with Dachshunds competing in three categories: Little Links, Bratwurst and Senior Schnitzel.

Finally, pups can compete in a costume contest, winning prizes from the Nautical Dog for the most original dog costume and the best duo costume. Judging will begin at 2 p.m.

Here’s the lineup of events:

  • Dog Radar Run: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Free Dog Caricatures: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dog Costume Contest: 2 p.m.
  • Best Duo Costume Contest: 2:15 p.m.
  • Wiener Dog Races: 3:30 p.m.

This year is sponsored by The Cove – Center of Veterinary Expertise, A Happy Place Pet Playground and Lodge, Nautical Dog, Animal Clinic and Wellness Center and PetSmart. 

For more information, visit the city’s Parks and Recreation Department website.

The City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation Department is hoping its third-annual Canine Carnival, featuring creative costumes, a Dachshund race and dog caricatures. (WYDaily/Courtesy Williamsburg Parks and Recreation)
The City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation Department is hoping its third-annual Canine Carnival, featuring creative costumes, a Dachshund race and dog caricatures. (WYDaily/Courtesy Williamsburg Parks and Recreation)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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