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Dachshunds to race again at SAB's Oktoberfest

Dachshund races, German food, local craft beer and hard cider, polka music, games, lederhosen and a good cause are in store for the fifth annual Oktoberfest at Southern Appalachian Brewery from 1 to 6 p.m. at Southern Appalachian Brewery on Sunday, Sept. 27.

Cost to attend is $5 for adults and free for designated drivers and kids 15 and under. A $5 per dog registration fee will gain dog owners and their pooches entry into the second annual Der Wienerschnitzel Dachshund Dog Race, run by Caroline Gunther, owner of Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique, and master of ceremonies Chris Nevel.
Sponsored by Pardee UNC Health Care, the festival features the Mountain Top Polka Band, polka dance lessons, a sing-along and strolling accordion and cowbell players. Games include a Stein Relay, Stein Holding Contest, Keg Roll Contest, a Lederhosen/Dirndle Costume Contest, Men’s Schuhplatter sole dancing attempts, three Hammerschlagen stations plus a Kids Zone with games and face painting sponsored by HandsOn!
“This promises to be our best Oktoberfest to date,” says Kelly Cubbin, co-owner of Southern Appalachian. “Our volunteer Oktoberfest Committee has been working for months to prepare a fun-filled afternoon that gives our community the chance to usher in fall and raise money to help our local community hospital.”
Proceeds from Oktoberfest will benefit Pardee Hospital Foundation and Pardee’s pet therapy program.
To register for the Der Wienerschnitzel Dachshund Dog Races – there also will be heats and races for dachshund mixes and dogs and their owners who want to join the fun – drop by Wag! on Main Street or visit the Oktoberfest website.