I googled the definition for coon dog. This is what I pieced together.
n. 1. any dog trained to hunt raccoons.
I have now gotten the answer to the question “what is a coon?” without calling Saluda City Hall. I am now ready to tackle the big question. “Who came up with Coon Dog Day, when and why?” I went to www.saluda.com in hopes of going to the source and found a lot of information.
In 1963 Saluda’s Coon Dog Club needed a new fundraiser. As with most fundraisers it involved food. This one happened to be a “chicken supper fundraiser.” (I have not heard about how the chicken was cooked but I am betting on “fried”.) This small supper has grown over the years into an incredibly entertaining street festival that attracts over 10,000 people each year.
The day starts at 8am with a 5K run. If you would like to run go to www.saluda.com and register. I think it is only $30 and that includes prizes and t-shirts. Live music starts at 9 am. The bands play all day long (you can bet there will be some bluegrass) and there is a street dance that evening that ends at 11pm. I did not find a schedule of the live entertainment but they will probably have one at the main stage on the day of the festival. There is an hour long parade through the center of town starting at 11am with homemade floats, tractors, fire trucks, horses AND the reigning Coon Dog Royalty Court. There is a Master of Ceremonies that announces the parade and tells the crowd who won the best float trophies. It is one of the favorite events of the day. There are many local food and craft vendors and even non-profit vendors set up throughout town to visit and lots of dogs to admire, talk to and pet.
It is an incredibly fun way to spend a Saturday just ten miles from our door.We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!
John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC