It’s just over a month away, and I’m already getting anxious. You see, it’s that time of year when the annual Wiener Dog Races take place just 17 miles south of here in Buda, Texas. This wacky and weird event has garnered national attention (it’s been on CBS Sunday Morning show) because of the absurdity of racing tiny legs across a green lawn in hopes that one happy contestant will be the winner of the ‘Run for the Roses’. This ranks right up there with the hermit crab races we used to have in the sands of Belize after a few too many Cuba Libras!
The event is sponsored by the Buda Lions Club as part of their fundraising efforts to provide assistance to area children with vision impairments. Since 1979, the club has offered eye-wear, doctor visits, seeing-eye dogs and other necessities to children who could not afford them. Children with diabetes and other physical impairments have been helped all over Hays County and around the world. This small group of men and women in the Lions Club have a lot of heart when it comes to meeting the challenge of helping others maintain healthy eye sight.
This year’s event including the County Fair and assorted cook-offs will be held at the Buda City Park on April 24th and 25th. The festivities start with a Pet Parade and costume contest at 9:00 a.m. and there are qualifying race trials on Saturday. The main event is at 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the Race for the Roses, when the winner will be crowned. Other events throughout the weekend include a barbeque contest, a chili cook-off, a bake-off and a washer throwing tournament. And if you still haven’t had enough of all things ‘wiener’…then there are t-shirt, gimme hats and drink koozies for you to purchase with (you guessed it) a picture of a wiener dog! Gotta love it!