Pictures of racing sausage dogs and beer drinkers in lederhosen at unique Oktoberfest

Heck Sausages hosted an Oktoberfest event with lederhosen, beer, an Oompah band and sausage dogs. Pictures: SARAH CALDECOTT & GREG MINIKIN
Heck Sausages hosted an Oktoberfest event with lederhosen, beer, an Oompah band and sausage dogs. Pictures: SARAH CALDECOTT & GREG MINIKIN

Beer-drinkers and sausage dogs descended on Bedale on Saturday (October 1) for a sausage manufacturer’s Yorkshire take on the traditional German Oktoberfest.

Hundreds of people packed out the Oktoberfest tent at Heck Sausages’ Bedale factory for a day of food and drink with a live Yorkshire Oompah Band and racing Dachshunds.

Ten daschunds took to a race-track to take part in the ‘Dachshund Dash’ on Saturday in the hope of taking home the ‘Golden Sausage’, with sausage dog Danby coming out top dog.

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The unusual race is said to be part of other Oktoberfest events across the world including Melbourne and Munich.

HECK’s Amy Seed said: “We held our first Dachshund Dash at a sausage festival a few years ago – sausage dogs are a bit of a tradition in the HECK! family and there were a few generations of dogs on hand to watch.

“We thought it was time for a rematch and it was such fun! All the dogs were incredibly excited but when the starter gun went, they knew exactly what to do. It was a close fought battle between Brian and Danby, but the black and tan won by a whisker.”

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There was also entertainment from a live Yorkshire Oompah Band as the lederhosen-clad crowds enjoyed traditional drinking songs and dancers.

See our pictures from the Yorkshire-inspired Oktoberfest and 'Dachshund Dash'

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

The Dachshund Dash. Picture: GLEN MINIKIN

There was an Oompah Band on hand. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

The sausage dogs in action. Picture: GLEN MINIKIN

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Nellie Harrison with Daphne the sausage dog. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

There was a rodeo for the kids too. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Winning Dachshund Danby scooped the Golden Sausage for winning the race. Picture: GLEN MINIKIN

Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Danby, who won the Dachshund Dash. Picture: GLEN MINIKIN

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