Instant Live 8: Wiener dog races back for Addison's Oktoberfest

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 7:59 AM

ADDISON – Thursday through Sunday, North Texas will be celebrating all things German.

The Town of Addison kicks off the 25th annual Oktoberfest Thursday night.

The four-day event will feature polka dancing, yodeling and Spaten Bier. Something else is back as well, wiener dog races. Thursday morning, News 8 met up with some local dog owners getting their pets ready for Sunday afternoon's "Dachshund Dash." It's one of many activities happening through the weekend.

The Addison Oktoberfest is modeled after the famous German celebration in Munich, and has been named one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the country.

"From our grounds, the ten acre festival grounds, the big 30,000-square-foot tent, the carnival, the food, every part of this event is authentic,” Barbara Kovacevich, with the Town of Addison, explained. “The music, we've got the dance groups, then the polka bands that come out. To carry on the tradition of German culture, to see that passed down through generation is what this event's all about."

As for the wiener dogs, the parade is at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the full races starting at 2 p.m.

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