They are coming from around the state - even as far away as Kansas and Ohio.
The second annual Florida Wiener Dog Derby will be held on Saturday, March 19, with hopefuls already entering to win the coveted "Wien Jacket."
The first derby last year was wildly successful, said Doug Dailey, the current president of Florida Wiener Dog Derby Inc. "It was the most successful first year wiener dog racing event in the country."
Organizer Doug Dailey, buddy Tex and Marketing Manager Donna Ellis at the starting gates Dailey built for the event.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lee Civic Center. "Miss Wienee of Naples (past winner) will be there, and the jacket is serious business," he said.
Dogs must be purebred daschunds to enter. "This year is different," said Marketing Director Donna Ellis. "We are only taking on-line registration for most of the classes, except for the Masters Class."
There are several classes, they said, including adult, puppy and Masters.
Who: Florida Wiener Dog Derby Inc.
What: Second annual Florida Wiener Dog Derby
When: Race Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lee Civic Center
Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org
or view floridawienerdogderby.com
"The Masters Class is a class in which any age dog can enter," Ellis said.
It costs $20 to enter, by PayPal on-line. Entrants must register by Thursday, March 17. Registration for the big Masters Class will be taken that day at the site.
"People will get race assignments emailed to them before the day of the race," said Ellis.
"It is a happy, social event with dogs," said Dailey. "It will be a pet-friendly atmosphere."
All leashed dogs are permitted and welcome to attend the event, not just those in the derby, said Ellis.
The Lee Civic Center vendors will be providing an assorted menu, including chicken wraps, chicken fingers, hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream, sodas, water, beer and more.
There are still vendor spaces available. Vendors will be of all types. "We will accept vendors from any type of business that will promote itself in a family environment," Ellis said. Interested vendors can contact her directly at 565-9664 or email her at email@example.com.
Non-profits can have vendor space at no charge, businesses $60. "We have several non profits signed up including the Animal Refuge Center (ARC) and the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
There will be many children's activities. "We have a face painter; you can have your face painted like your favorite puppy dog, and a photographer who will take your picture inside the Wiener Circle (Winners Circle), clowns, demonstrations and prizes."
There is a $5 parking charge.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or view floridawienerdogderby.com. The Lee Civic Center is located at 11831 Bayshore Rd.