The Republican Party is participating in this event. We will have 2 vehicles, decorated, and it would be great to have some volunteers in the parade carrying some signage and passing out literature and lollipops. Those interested should show up around 9AM at the staging area. Call Chuck Noffke (205.994.5599) or Dick Shaughnessy (828.829.2543) for add’l information.
The fun kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Coon Dog Day 5K through town. An 11 a.m. parade that features bagpipes, homemade floats, fire trucks, antique tractors, hillbilly cars, King and Queen, and plenty of coon dogs is the highlight of the day.
Other highlights on the day’s schedule include a fundraiser breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge on Ozone Dr., where the Blood Connection will be on site for donations until noon, Main Stage Entertainment and vendors along Main Street from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Pedal Cars for the Kids in front of Don Mintz Builders at 10 a.m., lunch at First Baptist Church of Saluda on Carolina Street with fried chicken with all the fixings for $10 per plate, and an obstacle course with a rock climbing wall set up at the Saluda Elementary School tennis courts.
There will also be a Big Wheels Race for kids and adults at 4 p.m. on Greenville St., and shag and swing music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a Street Dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Of course, coon dogs are the stars of the day! The American Kennel Club licensed coon dog show will be held at the pavilion at McCreery Park at 2:30 p.m., with the treeing contest immediately following.
Coon Dog Day in Saluda started in 1963 as a fundraiser chicken supper for the local coon clubs. It is known throughout the area as a “celebration of dogs and their people” and serves to present this old mountain tradition to the public as well as a homecoming for Saluda natives.
This is an all-ages, family-friendly event. Admission is free.