Thought this might be of some intrest to people on here....
I never realized coon hunting was really that big
Salem to Host World Coon Hunting Championship
6/15/09 @ 3:31:14 pm
In order to provide a larger covered area for the PKC World Championship Coon Hunt, the current covered picnic area would be extended an estimated 30 feet to the fair office building on the right. WJBDradio.com photo by Bruce Kropp.The PKC World Championship Coon Hunt is coming to Salem. The President of the Professional Kennel Club Roger Dale Carnegie made the announcement as the National championship was wrapping up this weekend at the Marion County Fairgrounds.
The event is expected to attract around 1,800 dogs and around three-thousand people for the series of three competitions that will based at the fairgrounds from October 22nd through October 31st. The World hunt is being moved from Aurora, Kentucky where ice storms caused heavy tree damage and have ruined hunting.
Carnegie says he has the committment of several area coon clubs to serve as the guides, which is the key to the competition. "We're going to be limited on space here compared to what we were in Aurora. The City of Salem and the Fair Board have committed to making some necessary renovations for us to be able to 'limp through', so to speak, the World Championship. Depending on how things go here, this may be our home for years to come. We'll just have to wait and see," Carnegie said. He is also pleased with the warm welcome the competitors have received in Salem.
Carnegie notes one difference will be competitors having to stay further away, since Salem does not have the number of hotel rooms as Aurora, which is in a tourist area. Carnegie explains how the competition that contains a top prize of 25-thousand dollars in the World Hunt work. "Dogs run in groups of four for two-hour intervals. They're scored on their abilities to strike, trail, and tree a coon. There's a scoring system where there are a set of strike points which are valued at 100, 75, 50 and 25. Tree points are made up the same. The dog that accumulates the most points at the end of the two-hour period is declared the winner and advances to the next round," Carnegie said.
The three competitions to be held in Salem are the Superstakes, the World Championship, and the Youth hunt. The Youth hunt provides scholarship money to the young hunters. The Professional Kennel Club is based in Evansville, Indiana.