WINNER'S CIRCLE: Auctioneer Reg Gillen, P&C president Tracey Peck, Shay Thomas with race winner Mable, Danna Linneweber, Melanie Porter and principal Rob Templeton.
WINNER'S CIRCLE: Auctioneer Reg Gillen, P&C president Tracey Peck, Shay Thomas with race winner Mable, Danna Linneweber, Melanie Porter and principal Rob Templeton. Claudia Alp

Dachshunds steal the show at Proserpine school fete

PROSERPINE State School hosted the inaugural Dachshund Cup during the Proserpine State School Fete last Friday.

Hundreds of locals and visitors converged on the school for the annual fete, which featured three exhilarating rides, a jumping castle and the main attraction: the dachshunds.

Almost $2000 was raised from the dachshund auction, led by auctioneer Reg Gillen, in which bidders vied for their preferred racer out of 20 dachshunds.

Then the stumpy-legged canines were loaded into racing boxes before going head to head in four heats, two semi-finals and a final race.

Cannonvale dachshund Mable came out on top in the end, running into the arms of proud owner Shay Thomas at the finish line.

Proserpine State School Parents and Citizens Committee president Tracey Peck said the event had received significant attention from outside the school.

"We've had racers come in from Mackay for the fete,” she said.

"It's a major fundraiser but it's also, I think, very important for morale at the school and to get together and socialise, and the parents as well.”

When asked about the idea to hold the Dachshund Cup, Ms Peck had a simple answer.

"Why not?” she said.

"They're so cute. It's just such a spectacle to see such little legs.

"I think it's going to put Proserpine on the map and Proserpine State School is happy to put it on.”

The final figure raised from the fete hasn't been confirmed but principal Rob Templeton said they were expecting to raise $12,000 to $15,000, which would go towards building a sensory playground for the Prep early learners at the school.

Mr Templeton said the event was a major success and the school's biggest fete to date.

"We were blown away. It was probably our biggest fete and the most supported of all the fetes we've had,” he said.

"It had a lovely feeling to it.”

Mr Templeton said the format might change in the future.

"We're going to run the races again, but we're looking at changing the format to have it more spread out,” he said.

"Some people didn't get to see the race because it all happened in one go at the end.

"So next year we might auction five dogs at a time, then race, then half an hour later we'll do the same thing again.”

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