The Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival: 2014

A few weeks ago I saw a notice for the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival. One of the events being promoted happened to be a dachshund race. I put the event in my calendar.

And so today I took a break from house projects to go wander around the festival. It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday. After seeing booths for artists, authors, organizations, and various vendors I crossed the Arroyo Grande pedestrian suspension bridge to find the racing dogs.

Panorama of a crowd at the festival.

On my way I stopped to watch derby car races. It was the 2014 Big Ditch Derby (it was held in Arroyo Grande . . .). I camped out at the finish line and got some fun pictures of the competitors.

A derby car racetrack.

Big Ditch Derby 2014 b

Big Ditch Derby 2014 c

Big Ditch Derby 2014 d

Big Ditch Derby 2014 f

Big Ditch Derby 2014 e

Big Ditch Derby 2014 g

After derby cars I moved on to dachshunds. Actually, there were three classes: 1). Dachshunds 1 to 7 years old, 2). Dachshunds older than 7 years old, 3). Wanna be dogs (small dogs other than dachshunds).

Racing dachshunds.

It was high entertainment. The dogs were having a great time being the center of attention. Some of them abandoned the race to play. Despite many distractions, most of the dogs channeled their energy into running good races.

Paws of Thunder 1

Paws of Thunder 2

Paws of Thunder 4

I enjoyed the dachshund races more than the Wanna Be class. The champion of that class, however, was fun to watch. She had very floppy ears that looked like wings when she ran.

The Wanna Be final race.

The Wanna Be final race.

The Wanna Be class champion.

The Wanna Be class champion, with ears flying en route to victory.

The dachshund champion of one of the classes was Indy Indiana. I enjoyed watching him, since he was a bundle of energy on the track and then dialed it back to a happy, chill puppy afterwards.

A champion dachshund poses for the adoring public.

Indy Indiana the champion dachshund poses with his winnings for the adoring public.

When the races ended I walked back to the vendors and purchased a tri-tip sandwich and some kettle corn. It was a delightful afternoon interlude. I’m planning to be at the festival again next year.


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One response to “The Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival: 2014

  1. Chris

    “We named the dog Indiana.”

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