Wiener Dog Races at Plum Festival in Huntington Beach

August 20: Dozens of dachshunds scramble in pursuit of fame and imaginative lures as hundreds of spectators cheer them on along a 20-yard cobblestone track. Handlers encourage, cajole and plead with the willful little dogs to focus on racing to the finish line, instead of the interesting sights, sounds and smells along the route. The scrappy little dogs manage to chase their “lure” to the finish line until the winners are determined. The top three winners of each race day receive trophies and gift certificates for the Wiener Dog Store. Sunday, 3 p.m. Also offered throughout Octoberfest. Free admission. Old World in Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave. (714) 898-5111. www.wienerdogstore.com