Yes, it's the McCracken County Fair!
If you’re grinning at the mental picture of racing Weiner dogs, it’s probably because you’ve already experienced this adorable competition. If you haven’t been yet…well…it’s racing Weiner dogs, possibly one of the main highlights of the McCracken County Fair. Who doesn’t want to see that!
The Running of the Weiner Dogs!
This year’s race is set for 7 pm, June 27. Sign-up begins at 6:30 with a Best Dressed Dog Contest happening concurrently. The contest has no rules, so feel free to dress up your dogs in anything, from spiders to superheroes, whether store bought or homemade.
The race will be held on the track in front of the grandstand at Carson Park in Paducah. The “drag-style race track” will be 50 yards long. One handler will be holding their dog at the “start” line and the second handler will be at the “finish” line - to enthusiastically encourage those little dogs to actually get to the “finish” line.
The coordinator will signal the start of the race and the first handler will release the dog with no other actions. The second handler can attract the dog’s attention but MUST stay behind the finish line.
Each initial run will have five or six dogs competing.The winners of those heats will then compete in a final race. The prizes, donated by local veterinary clinics, often range from anything to a checkup and nail clipping, to a few months’ supply of flea and tick medicine.
The money raised from the event is always donated to an animal-centered organization in the county.
The races will be followed by a pet parade afterwards. You do not want to miss this!
Who’s got talent?
On Tuesday, June 26, the McCracken County Fair Talent Show will be underway. You must pre-register for an audition to qualify. Visit mccrackencountyfair.com for more information.
Wrestling, Rodeo and more!
Friday, June 29’s main event is wrestling. At 7 pm, come out and watch some exciting matches. Admission to the wrestling show is $3.
On Saturday, June 30, organizers are excited to present the Inaugural Charity ATV Rodeo. Gates open at 4 pm with the races beginning at 5 pm. There will be three classes: 6-12 yrs, 13-17 yrs, & 18 & over. The same ATV may be used for different riders.
This is a timed trail run, not a race against another, and only one rider at a time will be on the course. This competition is about maneuvering and driving skills. It’s $10 per rider to enter and $3 admission for both riders/spectators.
There is a $50 minimum top prize payout for each class with a 100% payout for each class once the minimum is met. For more information, call Joe Cicardo at 270.625.0069 or Joe Ortell at 270.320.4771
Horses, Goats & Beef!
Other events and exhibits winding out the fair include the Beef Show, Western Horse Show, Hooked on Science w/Jason Lindsey, and Goat Show. Each night will have $25 armbands to ride the rides all night long.
The Paducah Kiwanis Club of South Paducah organizes the McCracken County Fair. All the organizers are volunteers. The fair is always looking for more volunteers to keep making events like the Weiner Dog Races and others possible.
For more information about any of the events at the Fair, call 270.703.5912 or visit mccrackencountyfair.com.