The city of Buda, TX held their 20th Annual Country Fair and Weiner Dog Races April 29 and 30, 2017 at Buda City Park. Anyone with a wiener dog or mixed breed Dachshund could enter the race. This is Woody, a purebred wiener who lets off a ferocious bark to remind his competitors that they are going down.
Sponsored by the Buda Lions Club, this event offered family-friendly fun for all ages. Some of the most popular events include: the Wiener Dog Races (obviously), the Pet Parade, the BBQ Cook-Off, and the Buda Bee.
The gates fly open and the crowd goes wild as Woody and his 5 opponents pump their short little legs as hard as they can to get to the finish line. Each dog wore a colored bandana to represent which gate they came from so the winners can proceed to the semifinals.
Loving owners encourage their pups from behind the finish line as one wiener leaps into first place. Michaela (young girl in grey, standing) anxiously watches the tiny bodies bound ahead as her brother, Easton (boy kneeling in black sweatshirt), yells and pats the ground to cheer on their own wiener dog, Luna. Their family lives in Buda and has participated in the Annual Wiener Dog Races every since they adopted Luna 3 years ago.
3rd place winners, Geoffrey and his pup Caesar, from Austin, exit the race gleaming with pride as they carry their prizes, which include a doggy water bottle, a chew toy, and an official certificate. This was Geoffrey’s first time entering Caesar in this competition, and he promises that the duo will be back next year to steal first place.
Aside from the races, the Country Fair hosted several other fun activities for attendees to participate in, such as the petting zoo. Children squealed and giggled as goats, pigs, and donkeys ate pellets from their small hands.
Sadie and her owner, Jessica, a resident of Buda, visit the arts and crafts booths around the park after watching some of the races. Sadie wasn’t entered in the race this year because she is still growing, but Jessica hopes to put her in next year after some training.
On top of the arts and crafts booths, there were a wide variety vendors set up throughout the park selling all kinds of cute puppy adornments, like outfits, bows, and leashes. Furrever Doggies, a Houston-based shop that makes custom clothing and accessories for dogs, had a stand set up at the City Park where they displayed some of their handmade collars.
Bert and Ernie were the names of these two munchkins riding in a Dallas Cowboys stroller through the fair. Their owner, George (not fully pictured), says they are normally all dressed up in their Cowboys fan gear to help support the team.
Lastly, the Austin Dog Rescue was out to steal hearts this weekend with a handful of dogs up for adoption, including this sweetheart, Chevy. This nonprofit organization helps rescued pups find the loving homes they deserve. The dogs all got to go for walks around the park, bringing smiles to lots of faces.