BIG voices and short legs will have starring roles in the first instalment of the 2012 Port Fairy Winter Weekends this weekend.
The theme of the weekend is Discover the Art and Soul of Port Fairy, with new co-ordinator Ross Morey overseeing the program.
The headline act for the weekend is Melbourne Singers of Gospel, which will perform from 5pm to 7pm, on Saturday, at St John's Anglican Church.
Mr Morey said luring the Melbourne Singers of Gospel to Port Fairy was a major coup for the Winter Weekends.
"They are a very highly rated group of singers and Port Fairy has such a strong reputation for good quality music, so it gives us a really strong act for people to come along and enjoy," he said.
"There were a number of choirs at the folk festival this year, which were very well received, so we know it is something people really enjoy and St John's provides a perfect setting."
Warrnambool-based gospel group The Resonators will perform at Charlies on East on Sunday from 2pm.
The Port Singers will also be in action when they hit the streets on Monday from 10am to noon, singing a selection of their favourite tunes down Sackville Street.
For those looking for something slightly less cultured, the famous Dachshund Dash will be held on Sunday.
This event has become a popular fixture on the Port Fairy calendar, and a big field of the short-legged canines is expected to line up.
Registrations for the famous race will take place on the Village Green on Sunday morning, along with breakfast for both the dogs and their owners. The action will then transfer to Southcombe Park where the race will start at 11pm.
Mr Morey said he was excited about the weekend .
"There is a lot of really good fun and quality entertainment lined up for the weekend, so everything is in place," he said.
"The Winter Weekends are about getting people to come to Port Fairy and, once they are here, ensure they have a good time. If they enjoy their stay then they are a good chance to come back and repeat visitation is very important in tourism."
Moyne Shire Council tourism officer Andrea Lowenthal said the Winter Weekends program provided an opportunity for Port Fairy to showcase itself in an off-peak time of year .
"People do come down here for the long weekend and it is important they leave having had plenty to do, and take back with them a good impression of Port Fairy," Ms Lowenthal said.