By Michelle Schmidt
New this year, prior to the races, is a dog parade. Owners need to register their dressed-up dogs by 11 a.m. and be in place to walk their dog through the race course when the parade begins at 11:30 a.m. The parade is open to all breeds and entries will be judged and awarded for best dressed.
After the parade comes the dachshund race at 1 p.m. The race is in its 13th year and draws between 25 and 45 dogs, some of whom are repeat contenders. Two dogs race at a time in lanes created with straw bales; dogs advance as they continue to win. Dogs must be purebred dachshunds to race and have registered for the race by noon that day.
Early races weed out the inexperienced, said Dave O’Donnell, who is coordinating the event.
Dogs that refuse to run, get “stage fright,” or hop up onto the straw bales to check out their competition get eliminated quickly so that the dogs at the end of the competition are focused racers.
“By the time we get to the championship round, it’s pretty intense,” O’Donnell said.
Bleachers are provided for crowds who come out to watch. These events, along with the others that take place in conjunction with the spring sale, will be at Primeland Cooperatives at 1200 Snake River Ave. in Lewiston.
if you go
What: Primeland Coop dachshund race
When: Parade begins at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday, March 22; race at 1 p.m.
Where: Primeland Coop, 1200 Snake River Ave., Lewiston.
Schmidt may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (208) 305-4578.