Wiener dogs race for top dog title

Picture provided by River Downs
Picture provided by River Downs

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - 100 Wiener dogs race for the title of "Top Dog in Cincinnati" Saturday at River Downs.

The 18th Annual John Morrell Wiener Dog Summer Nationals takes place at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday at River Downs. The event is co-sponsored by Pet Wow to benefit the Stray Animal Adoption Program (S.A.A.P.).

The dogs compete in 10 separate heats with a final run off in the Championship Heat to officially determine the top dog title. There are prizes for each heat winner and additional prizes for the top three finishers in the final race.

This year, for the first time, River Downs is providing a free concert by the Tempted Souls Band. They are a local group that will also be the opening act for Delbert McClinton at Riverbend Music Center on September 8.

The event, which draws thousands of spectators each year, is only for entertainment. There is no wagering taking place.

Admission and parking are free and the event is open to all ages.

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