Though the Dog Days of Summer are still hanging around, one local non profit is planning to put on the dog for a fundraiser this fall.


CASA of Grayson County will hold its first annual Hallo-wiener dog race at the Mayor’s Pavilion at Loy Park on October 19. The races begin at 10 a.m.


The event will feature wiener dog and wiener-mixed breed races, food, vendors and activities for children.


“We really wanted to do an event for the kiddos and their families,” said CASA of Grayson County Executive Director Natalie Jamison. “What better way then to add cute dogs in Halloween costumes?”


She said while the races are restricted to wiener dogs and wiener-mixes, the pet parade is open to all breeds and will take place before the races. All dogs should come dressed in their Halloween finery and must be up to date on their shots. The dogs must also remain on their leashes.


A vet will be on site to confirm that dogs entered in the races at the site are either dachshunds or dachshunds mix breeds.


She said entry fee per race is $15 before October 1 and $20 after that including at the event. The prize, she said for winning is $250.


Entry into the event is free for children under 12. Otherwise, the entry fee is $5 at the gate.


Jamison said all of the lane sponsors have been sold, but there are other sponsorship available.


“We are also wanting vendors,” she said.


Court Appointed Special Advocates of Grayson County’s mission is to train volunteers from the local community to advocate in court for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers stand up for the child’s best interests throughout the entirety of the process, a process that can range anywhere from one year to until the child ages out of custody.