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Lake Compounce is Bringing in the Dogs, and the Wieners, on May 17th for the Grand Opening of Pink's Legendary Hollywood Hot Dogs

Mom and daughter enjoying hotdogs

Bristol/Southington, CT - Saturday May 17th, Pink's Hot Dogs will celebrate the Grand Opening of the first East Coast location at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn. The celebration will commence with a Wiener Dog 100 Race, Dachshund Fashion Show, and a Hot Dog Bobbing contest.

In conjunction with the Connecticut Dachshund Rescue and Pet Services (CTDRPS) organization, the Wiener Dog 100 Race will feature 50 Dachshunds competing in heats of five, racing for the ultimate distinction of 'Fastest Hot Dog'. The top three winners will be donned with first, second and third place metals on a three-tiered podium and each will receive a basket of dog treats courtesy of the Lake Compounce. The race will be followed by a Dachshund Fashion Show and a Hot Dog Bobbing contest where the Dachshunds will be the ones bobbing.

Donations will be accepted at all registers to benefit the CTDRPS and help them as they work to 'rehome' loving and adorable dachshunds who have been displaced.

Dachshund Rescue and Pet Services founder Anne Jordan says, "We are tickled PINK to be invited to conduct our Dachshund races at Lake Compounce to commemorate Pink's Famous Hot Dogs. We are thrilled with the number of racers attending and the wide variety of Dachshunds you'll get to see. It's going to be fun for everyone!"

Pink's Hot Dogs, a Hollywood Legend since 1939 is a family owned business and was named by Fox News as number one in a list of Top Ten Hot Dog Stands in the U.S. The famous hot dogs attract celebrities such as, Jay Leno, Martha Stewart; and Food Network superstars, Giada de Laurentiis and Guy Fieri.

"Their long standing history, family oriented culture, and guest service makes them a perfect fit for Lake Compounce", says Lake Compounce General Manager, Jerry Brick. "The story of how they started is really neat, and now it's probably one of the most famous hot dog stands in the country."

"Bringing Pink’s to Connecticut is like having a little bit of Hollywood on the East Coast" says family member and Co-owner, Richard Pink. "We love that our hot dogs have been made famous in TV and movies and are the favorites of countless movie stars who visit our Hollywood location, we’re excited to bring that fun and delicious experience to Lake Compounce for their guests to enjoy."

About Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks and New England's premier family theme park is now open weekends for the 2014 season. Daily operation begins on June 14. Home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, Lake Compounce is also preparing to open Bear Creek Campground in July 2014. Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America. More information and the park's operating schedule can be found at

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment owns and operates 37 theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood, Idlewild and Story Land on the east coast. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the US. For more information, visit