Batavia Downs needs wiener dogs for annual Dachshund races

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BATAVIA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel is looking for purebred dachshunds to take part in its annual wiener dog races.

Batavia Downs announced Monday that they will be hosting their famous wiener dog races on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

Organizers say up to 80 dachshunds will be racing for the crown of fastest wiener dog in Western New York.

Each winner will receive free play and the top three finishers in the championship race will receive free play, food vouchers, and a free hotel stay.

There will also be family-related activities including on-site entertainers, kettle corn stand, pumpkin painting, carriage rides, pony rides, and food. These will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the wiener dog races starting at 3 p.m.

If you have a purebred dachshund and would like to enter your dog to participate, call Arna Tygart 585-343-3750 ex: 6437 or email at