Halloweener Derby races into its 10th year by Kevin Boyle
Whenever I travel, the question of “What do you do?” inevitably comes up in casual conversation. “Have you seen “The Truman Show?’ I work where that was filmed. It’s a town called Seaside.” Some people nod and a few people say they have visited. But there is a common reaction that has become commonplace. Their response? “Oh my gosh, you’re the guy who emcees the wiener dog race.”
It is hard to believe this year’s event, held Saturday, Oct. 26, marks a decade of delightful dogs racing, sniffing and prancing in costume around in Seaside. The original idea came from locals Blair and Anita Powell, with support from Erica Pierce, general manager of The SEASIDE Style®, and the store staff. When the Powells moved away, the event lived on with support from the Seaside Merchants. It is fair to say that no one could predict how popular it would become.
The event has grown over the years, from a dozen dachshunds in the first couple of years to a record 44 registered last year. Folks used to stumble upon the event. Now people make plans to be in Seaside that weekend just to see these hyper canines compete. The costume contest was comprised of some Amazon-bought hotdog costumes. Now you will witness some of the most elaborate doggy get ups.
The SEASIDE Style® will be set up as usual with their retail tent selling branded event shirts. Do not hesitate to buy one, as they sell out quickly. The event will again benefit H.E.A.R.T. Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for homeless pets in our area.
Check-in and registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the first races kicking off at 10 a.m. The costume contest (open to all breeds) follows the championship race.
Registration is now open. Visit SeasideHalloweenerDerby.com to sign up your four-legged friends today. More information is at Facebook.com/SeasideHalloweenerDerby. All events are sponsored by the Seaside Merchants.