Oktoberfest is on approach -- make that Oktoberfests, since Southern California is home to many large-scale beer-and-Chicken-Dance-laden celebration -- which is a fact that puts steins of foamy brew and lederhosen in many a person's mind.
But, without question, one of our largest Oktoberfest's most popular events has little to do with brew. It's the Sunday Dachshund races that go down at Huntington Beach's Old World.
Granted, those wee pups run on certain days throughout the year, but it is the weekly Oktoberest competition that draws excited fans.
We expect many of those same fans anticipating the Old World Oktoberfest will be at the Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday, July 20. It's the creme de la creme, or perhaps, more aptly, the kibble de la kibble, of Dachshund competish: The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals.
Over 80 low-and-sweet pooches participated last go around, meaning that you're bound to see dozens of top dogs out on the course. Cost? Three bucks for adults and the Seal Beach Animal Care Center is the evening's beneficiary. (Over $220,000 has been gone to the center over the 18 years the Dachshunds have been running.)
The championship race is a few minutes after 9 p.m. on the 20th, though festivities start earlier in the night.
So, think you can hold out for Oktoberfest? A visit to Los Alamitos may be just the ticket (and a ticket that helps out animals in need, too -- nice).
One note: Don't bring your own pup. Let the stars of the track get all the dogly adulation for the night.