Weiner dog races set for Aug. 13 in Vergas

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A commemorative t-shirt is now on sale to mark the 10th anniversary of the weiner dog races in Vergas. 

The Vergas Community Club, in conjunction with the National Wiener Dog Racing Association (NWDRA) has announced that Dachshund racing will return to Vergas on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m., during the village’s annual Looney Days celebration.

This fun family activity, “Racing The Wieners at Looney Days 2022,” is celebrating its 10th anniversary of holding wiener dog races during Looney Days in Vergas.  

The races will be held on the turf at the Vergas baseball field beginning at 9 a.m., with registration and practice beginning at 8 a.m. 

It is recommended that participants pre-register by mailing the form available on the Facebook page “Racing The Wieners at Looney Days 2022,” or at www.cityofvergas.com.

The races will conclude by 11 a.m., to enable everyone to participate in all of the other fun events at Looney Days.

Organizers expect up to 75 racers from as far away as Florida, Texas, and Nevada to participate. 

No racing experience is necessary, as the racers often decide that socializing is more important than speed. 

The race will be less than 100-feet long, and each racer will need 2 human “pit crew” members; 1 each at the start and finish lines. 

Complete rules are provided on race day. Spectator admission is free. Bleacher seating is limited. Lawn chairs are suggested. Racer entry fee is $15, or $25 per race family.

T-shirts commemorating the race include the “Wiener Dog Hall of Fame,” a listing of the nearly 150 racers who have participated in the Looney Days race since 2013. Shirts are available while quantities last at Vergas Hardware, Vergas Liquor Store, and our Facebook page. 

For more information visit our Facebook page “Racing The Wieners at Looney Days 2022” or contact Digger Anderson at 763-370-9796 or digsisme@gmail.com.