50th annual Coon Dog Day on Saturday in Saluda


Coon dogs in the spotlight at Saluda’s annual Coon Dog Day. / Photo by Jason Sandford

Good times at Coon Dog Day in Saluda:

50th Coon Dog Day – 2013 Coon Dog Day
Saturday, July 6th 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Don’t miss Saluda’s 50th Annual COON DOG DAY–a celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more. Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year.

Jump start your morning with the Coon Dog Day 5K run through historic downtown and the surrounding tree-lined streets we all know and love. The run was a huge success last year, and we are looking to have an even larger turnout this year. We do need volunteers; so if you would be available the week before Coon Dog Day or the morning of the race from 6:30 until about 9:00 AM, please contact Monica. Volunteers get a free race t-shirt and lots of fun! Registration is open for the race, so go ahead and sign up now at go-greenevents.com/CoonDogDay5K and check out our Coon Dog Day 5K Facebook page for last year’s photos, race sponsors, and new information as it becomes available. We’ll see you on the course!

Please support the Coon Dog Day 5K Sponsors: Autumn Care of Saluda, The Orchard Inn, Wilderness Cove Campground, Triangle Stop Food Stores, Sam’s Club of Hendersonville, Macon Bank, Green River Adventures, Cathy Jackson Realty, The Purple Onion, Don Mintz Builders, Green River BBQ, Polk County Sheriff’s Dept., the Party Place and Event Center, and the City of Saluda. Thank you so much for supporting the race!

After your refreshing run, enjoy the rest of your day with the many local food and craft vendors and with live entertainment on the main stage beginning at 9:00AM and continuing until the end of the street dance at 11:00PM. The parade is a favorite every year and consists of mostly homemade floats, tractors, fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, dogs, and the reigning Coon Dog Royalty Court. The parade begins at 11:00AM and marches down Main Street for over an hour. Trophies are awarded for the best floats, and the Master of Ceremonies announces the floats as they go by. Food, craft, and local non-profit vendors are set up throughout town with a wide variety of handmade items and foods.