Annual Franklin dachshund derby switches venues, will take place later this month

By Allison Groves

allison.groves@franklincollege.edu

Those who attended the annual Franklin Fall Festival might have noticed something missing this year.

Dachshunds.

This year, the annual dachshund derby was absent from the festival because of scheduling conflicts.

For the past 11 years, the Johnson County Humane Society put on the derby with help from its volunteers and a Heartland Bank sponsorship.

The derby raises around $1,100, said Anne Sutton, the executive director at the Johnson County Humane Society.

Heartland Bank was unable to sponsor the event on the day of the festival, and therefore, there was no derby.

Franklin College’s Passion for Paws organization, led by junior Payton Thomas, volunteers to help with the derby every year.

Passion for Paws members can usually be seen catching the dogs at the end of the race.

A handful of people expressed their disappointment on the Franklin Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

“I am heartbroken to learn there is no dachshund derby at the fall festival,” Maureen Hoffman-Wehmeier, a lifelong Franklin resident, said on the Franklin Parks and Recreation Facebook wall.

She ended her post with ‪#BringBackTheDachshundDerby‪ and #EndOfAnEra.

But no fear – there is still an opportunity to see a dachshund derby this fall.

The Hillview Veterinary Clinic, located a five-minute drive from campus, came through to host the derby in partnership with the humane society.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 24. Registration for dachshunds and their owners will begin at 11 a.m., and the race will begin at 12 p.m.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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