COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- Right now there are two Wiener Fest fundraisers planned this year at College Station's Wolf Pen Creek Park in October.
Judy LeUnes, a former board member and volunteer at the Aggieland Humane Society, wants to reclaim ownership of the fundraiser she brought to the Brazos Valley.
LeUnes was on the board of the non-profit when she pitched the idea more than a decade ago. Since then it's grown into one of the biggest wiener dog racing events in the state of Texas.
Even after she transitioned off the board of directors, she says she continued playing a key role in the event's planning and growth.
Until last year.
"I noticed I was slowly getting pushed out," said LeUnes. "I've had some concerns with the way it has been organized."
That's why LeUnes is working towards a registered trademark for the Wiener Fest name and is now planning to host her own event on the weekend of October 19- 21.
The Aggieland Humane Society is also moving forward with its plans to host a Wiener Fest event on the weekend of October 13 - 14th.
The organization declined to speak on camera with KBTX about this conflict, but did issue us this statement:
Aggieland Humane Society will host its 12th Annual Wiener Fest on October 13 and 14 at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The benefit will feature Wiener Races, Wanna-be-Wiener Races and many other functions and vendors that have become traditions at our annual event.
The Aggieland Humane Society is aware that a former volunteer is planning a similar event using the same name. That event is in no any way connected to the Aggieland Humane Society's original Wiener Fest, and we hope it will not cause confusion for the general public or our loyal supporters. The society wishes to protect the integrity and ownership of its original, annual event.
The Aggieland Humane Society remains dedicated and determined to improve the quality of life in the Brazos Valley by addressing the challenges posed by unwanted animals and helping to find them forever homes. Our original Wiener Fest is one of a number of annual events that help meet those challenges.
LeUnes was first to file for an event permit on October 20, 2017, to host Wiener Fest ™ at Wolf Pen Creek Park. Her application is still pending at city hall, but a city spokesman says it's their expectation it will soon be approved.
The Aggieland Humane Society filed for its event permit on December 19th, 2017, and it's been approved by the city.
Both sides are working with attorneys on the issue, and LeUnes says she's prepared to take the issue to court.
She goes on to say any money raised from her event will go to several non-profit organizations that help animals, and she hopes Aggieland Humane Society will apply for those funds.
"I still support the Aggieland Humane Society. They do great work."