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50th Annual Coon Dog Day Festival-Saluda, July 6

Coondog1Don't miss Saluda's 50th Annual COON DOG DAY -- a celebration homecoming for dogs and their people! It takes place in downtown Saluda, NC on Saturday, July 6, from 8 AM to 11 PM.

There'll be great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more. 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 of Saluda. Registration is open for the race, so sign up now at 
go-greenevents.com/CoonDogDay5K Check out the Coon Dog Day 5K Facebook page for last year's photos, race sponsors, and new information as it becomes available. 

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 11:00 AM 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.

Parking for Coon Dog Day will be at the Party Place & Event Center (formerly Saluda Mountain Jamboree) at a cost of $10 per vehicle. The parking fee will include shuttle transportation for everyone in the vehicle to and from the festival. The Coon Club conducts their shows and contests at the school yard in the afternoon, and people gather for the night street dance, complete with square dancing for all ages.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Coon Dog Day, please contact Monica Pace at city hall. Call 828-749-2581. Donations are used to help fund the entertainment for the day as well as the shuttle transportation provided.

If you want to be in the Coon Dog Day parade, just show up at the intersection of Ozone Dr. and Thompson Rd/Louisiana Ave by 10:00 AM and an officer will get you lined up. There are no entry applications or fees. Businesses in Saluda are encouraged to enter and compete for some unique awards.

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