SOURCE: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

September 16, 2008 15:00 ET

Hot Dog! The Wieners Will Run at America's Oktoberfest in Zinzinnati

Video Available via Satellite on Friday, Sept. 19, 2-2:20 p.m.

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) -

Note to media:

Video of the Running of the Weiners will be uplinked via satellite with the following coordinates and times on Friday September 19, 2008

Analog Feed 1400-1415 EMT (2pm-2:15pm EST)
Downlink Frequency is 12096. Vertical
36 MHz

Digital Feed 1415-1430 EMT (2:15pm-2:30pm EST)
Channel E
9 MHz
Downlink Frequency 11948.5 H
FEC 3/4
Data Rate 8.447974
Symbol Rate 6.1113

Photos are available at (click on the folder marked 2008 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati)

The nation's largest Oktoberfest celebration, Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, invites dachshunds from around the country to compete for the title of most authentically German "wiener dog" of this year's celebration.

The second annual John Morrell Running of the Wieners will kick off Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati on Friday, September 19, with competitions to be held at noon on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati.

The John Morrell Running of the Wieners races are free and open to any dachshund in America. Each dog will be provided its competition "race gear" hot dog bun costume, and will race 100 feet to its owner. Winners of each heat will advance to the finals. The grand champion dachshund will be crowned the most "authentically German" mascot of Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, the nation's largest Oktoberfest, second only to the original in Munich, Germany. The winner will also receive a gift basket filled with dog treats and treats for his or her owner.

"Last year's first Running of the Wieners was the surprise hit of the Oktoberfest weekend," said Karen Michelsen, vice president of marketing for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. "We challenge our neighboring cities to enter their best dachshund to compete for this coveted title!"

Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America's largest Oktoberfest with more than one half million people attending each year.

For more information or to register your dachshund in advance, contact Brian Eagan at (513) 579-3100. For more information on Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, visit

The 33rd annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams and John Morrell, will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 along six blocks of Fifth Street in Downtown Zinzinnati. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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