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Oktoberfest goes to the dogs

Dashing dachshunds make run for it in Old Munichburg

Abby, 2, a long-haired mini dachshund watches the derby from the stands as her owner Valerie Henderson cheers one of the contestants Saturday afternoon, at the Old Munichburg Oktoberfest in Jefferson City.

Abby, 2, a long-haired mini dachshund watches the derby from the stands as her owner Valerie Henderson cheers one of the contestants Saturday afternoon, at the Old Munichburg Oktoberfest in Jefferson City. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Tigers, hot dogs, bunnies and even a pencil could be seen walking around Old Munichburg on Saturday as roughly 60 dachshunds took part in the dachshund derby and costume contest.

The costume contest and races, part of Old Munichburg’s Oktoberfest celebration, were held by the Jefferson City Animal Shelter with Mayor Eric Struemph as the emcee for the afternoon festivities.

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Hundreds of people crowded around to see the costumed dogs make their appearance before the judges, who ended up needing audience assistance in ranking the top four costumes.

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