ENID — Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Chisholm Trail Expo Center
Four-legged athletes will take to the track for a good cause during the second annual Enid Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash on Saturday.
April Danahy, vice president for corporate communications at Security National Bank and one of the event’s organizers, said this year’s Dachshund Dash will raise money for improvements at Enid’s dog park at Crosslin Park.
The Dachshund Dash will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center, and it will feature vendors, live entertainment and a dog talent contest in addition to the dachshund races.
Activities will begin at 10 a.m. with KNID hosting the first Enid Dogs Got Talent pet contest.
The pet contest is open to all breeds, and awards will be granted in three categories: celebrity look-alike; best pet trick; best costume.
Entry in the pet talent contest is free with admission.
Dachshund races will begin at 11 a.m. with four dogs in each heat. Danahy said enough dogs have entered to stage seven heats in the event, but organizers still are accepting late entries.
Admission cost for the Dachshund Dash is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $1 for non-racing dogs.
United Way Chili Cook-Off
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today
Cherokee Strip Conference Center
One of the favorite Enid events of the fall is the annual United Way Chili Cook-Off, and attendees at today’s event will have plenty of chili to taste.
The event will pit about 40 local businesses against each other to see who cooks the best chili. It will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cherokee Strip Conference Center. Admission is $5, which this year includes a drink. United Way Executive Director Sean Byrne said door prizes will be awarded and a local radio station will raffle off tickets to a Reba McEntire concert.
The theme of the 24th annual event is “Wonders of the World,” which Byrne said has an open meaning, and booth decorations will be varied.
The chili cook-off is one of the United Way events that raises the most money for each year’s campaign. Last year’s event raised more than $22,000.
This year, the goal of the United Way campaign is $755,000, about $5,000 higher than the 2010 goal.