Annual Dogtona 400 in Pendleton is accepting entries

PENDLETON -- The Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon is inviting all dachshund owners to enter their dogs in the eighth annual Wiener Dog Race, The Dogtona 400, to benefit the Pendleton nonprofit.

This year's event is 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, on the 400 block of Main Street in downtown Pendleton, adjacent to the weekly farmers market.

Dog owners of all breeds also can enter the free costume contest, for the chance to win the "Best Costume," "Funniest," or "Best Owner/Dog Look-A-Like" categories. Additional events include many family-friendly activities, including local entertainment beginning at 4 p.m., a bounce house, carnival games, food and drinks, and raffle prizes.

The entry fee for participating wiener dogs is $20 if registered by Thursday, and $25 on race day. The race is limited to 40 participants. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three racers and costume contest winners. The grand prize is a free entry to the Northwest Championship Wiener Dog Race in October. The winner of the Northwest Championship will go on to the National Dachshund Race.

Entry forms are available at the museum in Pendleton or by calling 541-276-1066.

All proceeds from the Dogtona 400 benefit CMEO. Event sponsorships are still available.

Contact CMEO for more details.