A five-year dynasty ended with a photo finish Saturday, as Huck unseated Kaiser at the Lovettsville Oktoberfest Weiner dog races.

Huck’s trainer, Jason Houtz, said it was a “bittersweet” victory, as Huck and the second-place finisher, Winslow, are friends. Each athlete sprinted through four heats of head-to-head, one-on-one Weiner races to see who would claim the prize trophy and doggy biscuit at this year’s evening race. Kaiser, who has been unbeatable for five years running, fell to third place behind Huck and fan favorite Winslow, who finished second. Oktoberfest committee member Natalie Metzler said it was the “most exciting Weiner dog race we’ve ever done.”

The Oktoberfest also saw a new Oktoberfest King and Queen crowned. Melissa and Scott Barton handed over their regalia to newly crowned Oktoberfest King and Queen Chris Gardner and Rebekah Ontiveros.

Garnder and Ontiveros also had a strong showing with one of their racers, Hugo, who placed first in the race earlier in the day, ahead of Pippin and Squeak. Their other racer, Odin, faced Kaiser in the first heat of the evening races.

And former Lovettsville mayor Bobby Zoldos returned to town to once again emcee the races.

The Weiner dog races are the centerpiece of Lovettsville’s well-loved and well-attended two-day Oktoberfest, which began Friday with a Lions Club dinner and beer taps opening on The Green at the Walker Pavilion. Saturday included accordion music, a ceremonial keg tapping, Bavarian dancers and music, and a performance by The Reagan Years, a DC-based ‘80s band.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

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