What is it about Port Fairy? It’s a tiny town miles from anywhere that fills its yearly calendar with events that make no sense to rational human beings. If it’s not chicken bingo (don’t ask) it’s speed potato peeling. Port Fairy is basically Victoria’s answer to The Vicar of Dibley.
And next month there’s another annual classic: the yearly Dachshund Dash.
This event is as weird and wonderful as it sounds. A collection of sausage dogs (in varying degrees of age, fitness and chiropractic-health) are unleashed, jaws snapping, eyes wild, to race across a small patch of grass. We say 'race'. It's more of a waddle really—at best a canter—but the little guys do put on a good show. If you book early you can secure your VIP spot in the stands. This year there are categories for Under 2's, Over 2's, Veterans (lol) and even an all-breeds race.
There's usually a Dog’s Breakfast on the village green from 9am: think coffee carts, Class Photos of dogs and owners and a sausage sizzle (serving a sausage sizzle at a sausage dog race is a very Port Fairy thing to do). And the main event? The Race That Stops A Small Part Of The Nation begins at 10:30am. There’s even a prize for best dog/owner lookalike couple.
Port Fairy, you beautiful thing, don’t ever change.
Where: Southcombe Park, Port Fairy
When: 10:30am – 12pm, Sunday 10 June
For more info, click here.
Speaking of hot dogs, Melbourne's getting a hot dog eating contest (bad taste?)
Image credit: Rob Gunstone, The Standard