BELFAST — Maine Wienerfest, a celebration of dachshunds and their owners, is set for Sunday, Sept. 10. The 18th annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the Steamboat Landing Park, 34 Commercial St.; gates open at 10:30 a.m.

Originating as a casual picnic for families with the pint-sized pooches, Maine Wienerfest has evolved into a highly anticipated community gathering. The event attracts an ever-growing number of dogs and dog enthusiasts each year, making it a highlight on the Belfast social calendar, according to a news release from Shelly Butler, executive director of the PAWS Animal Adoption Center.

The festival features various activities and attractions for dogs and their human companions. Attendees can see a lineup of events including a parade around the park, dachshund costume contest, and a doxie derby.

Maine Wienerfest will also offer an array of local vendors offering food treats, event merchandise, and an assortment of other pet-themed items for purchase from the 13 vendors.

“This event not only celebrates our love for dachshunds, but also raises vital funds to support our mission of supporting pets and pet-owners,” said Jan Abendroth, a representative from PAWS Animal Adoption Center. “We invite everyone to come and join us for a day filled with fun, frolic, and unforgettable memories.”

Admission will cost $5 per person; children younger than 12 and dogs are free.

This year’s Maine Wienerfest’ presenting sponsor is Ken Gardiner, Financial Advisor Edward Jones Investments located in Camden, and organized by P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and The Friends of Belfast Parks. All proceeds go towards supporting PAWS Animal Adoption Centers’ programs and services.

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