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 this weekend 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. This year Port Fairy is going all out too, with grandstand seating (well, seating) and an improved PA system so you don’t miss a minute of the furious action.
There’ll be 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 Sunday 11 June
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Image credit: Rob Gunstone, The Standard