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Racing returns to Wells County fairgrounds May 16

The race track at the Wells County fairgrounds in Fessenden will soon feature racing, but of a different four-legged variety.

The first Dachshund Dash Wiener Dog Races will be held Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m.

Wiener dog races have gained popularity and are held in North Dakota and neighboring states. The races, often referred to as Doxie races, will feature several heats depending on age. There is even races for the “wannabe” doxies.

The races will feature “Cocktail Franks,” puppies up to 7 months old; “Frankfurters” 8 months to 2 years; “Wienerschnitzels” 3 to 8 years old; “Brotwursts” 9 years and older; “Wiener Wannabes” for any small breed dog that fits in a two-foot by two-foot box.

In addition, there will be best dress doxie competition, along with raffles and prizes. To register doxies for the Wells County race, go to www.facebook.com/wellscounty4h. For more information about the race, contact Carrie Opdahl at 341-8910.

The upcoming race in Fessenden will be held to raise money for the Wells County 4-H Explorers group.

In addition to the inaugural dog races, there is even more fun at the fairgrounds planned for the day.

A Pioneer Gospel Hour and Worship Service will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the grandstand.

The Wells County Fair Board is holding the second annual Junk & Disorderly junk fair, vendor and craft show on the grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor booths are available. Contact Mary at 947-5476.

Kathy Tebelius will be offering craft classes in the afternoon.

Concessions will be available. A request was made for the wienermobile to make a stop at the fairgrounds during the event.

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