Oct. 16, 2019 — The annual Florence Weiner Dog Races returned last Saturday during Okto-Fur-Fest at the Florence Events Center, where more than 600 people came to enjoy food, family fun, music, games and Florence’s famous Weiner Dog Races.
Along with yodeling and stein-holding endurance competitions, visitors enjoyed pretzels, bratwurst, German chocolate cake and beer, as well as a chance to win a number of raffle prizes — all to raise money for Florence Van Fans, which transports cancer patients to out-of-town treatment centers.
Florence Mayor Joe Henry opened the festivities by officially tapping a mini keg, which was followed by Nyah Vollmar singing the National Anthem and Siuslaw News editor Ned Hickson emceeing the competitions leading up to the day’s races, hosted by Jeanna Petersen.
Okto-Fur-Fest 2019 Champion: Dexter is a 2.5-year-old, 16-pound Dachshund male from Tualatin, Ore. He is owned by Becca Guimont.
1st — Daisy, owned by Harry Longnecker
2nd — Zoey, owned by Becca Guimont
1st — Dexter, owned by Becca Guimont
2nd — Pepper, owned by Lorelei Ward
1st — Gotti, owned by Alaura Little
2nd — Ellie, owned by Steve and Jayne Smoley
1st — Cutie Pie, owned by Bonnie Costa