Dolce smiles for the camera before her race. Photo by Roman Hladio.

It’s The Great Pup-Kin, yinz!

At The Waterfront’s Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 17, the sheer excess of pumpkins was only outnumbered by the puppies. Alongside pumpkin painting, live music and a host of other free activities, the seventh annual Great Pup-Kin race stole the show.

Jennifer McCalla was one of many people who brought their pups early for a taste of the festivities ahead of the competition. Although her 12-year-old Chihuahua fur baby Tequila was no longer a puppy, she still fit the race’s size and weight requirements. Plus she brought a few years of experience from participating in past Pup-Kin races — although her ultimate outcome was not favorable.

“She had a pup cup to load up on sugar and carbs,” McCalla says.

Here are more photos from the event:

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