About 125 tail-waggin', wrinkle-faced hounds lumbered into Gahanna's Pizzurro Park on Sept. 16 in support of the Ohio Basset Hound Rescue's annual Bassetfest.

The hounds participated in a costume parade, longest ear and biggest feet contests, and they even raced -- all in celebration of the breed and to raise funds for the rescue.

Sheiann Vore of Greenville near Dayton said she and her family started with two bassets, later owned four and now they have six.

It was her third year attending Bassetfest.

Justine and Doug Sorrentino came from Wadsworth with their hound, Spanky.

She said they were going to try for the longest ears and her hound came out with second place in the costume contest, wearing a sombrero hat and matching outfit.

Amy Wise of Toledo brought her basset, Walter, who sported a crocodile outfit for the costume contest.

Teresa Featheringham of Botkins took first prize in the costume contest with Cruz, who was dressed as a hunter complete with stuffed animals on his back.

Several adoptable dogs from the rescue attended the celebration, including Clara, who won third prize in the costume contest as Minnie Mouse, and Cooper, a 9-month-old basset who wore a top hat.

Greg and Nicole Green of Dayton are fostering him.

Tracey and Kristi Copus of Lima brought their bassets, Jaxson and Jersey.

Tracey Copus said their dogs are part European basset, a breed that has longer ears.

Jaxson tied for second place in the longest ears contest, with his ears measuring 10.5 inches.

Kristi Copus organized the new basset races that were a huge hit among attendees.

She thanked all the bassets who competed and everyone who cheered them on.

Hounds Jersey, Rose and Oakley were the top three competitors.

Dickon Newman and Danielle Horner of Massillon attended the festival with their dogs, Walter and Fenton.

Walter won the longest ears contest at 11.5 inches while Fenton tied for second at 10.5 inches.

"We love it," Horner said. "We look forward to it every year."

Darrell Canter took the opportunity to practice obstacles for the first time with his hound, Rufus, who is 2.5 years old.

Canter said he was impressed with his basset's ability at going up and down a ramp, but he faltered at going through a tunnel.

OBHR, based in Goshen near Cincinnati, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping the homeless hounds of Ohio.

Its volunteer network spans all four corners of Ohio, with foster families that open their homes and hearts to homeless dogs in need.

All funds for the not-for-profit rescue come through donations and fundraisers.

For more about the rescue and to see hounds available for adoption, visit ohiobassetrescue.org.

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