Celebrate the Annual Coon Dog Day Festival

The Annual Coon Dog Day Festival in Saluda, NC, is a special event that celebrates the beloved breed of dog with music, food, a parade, and even the crowning of a Coon Dog Day King and Queen. This year’s Coon Dog Day Festival will be held Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Main Street. It will include the aforementioned activities, as well as a 5K race/fun walk, live entertainment, street dancing, craft vendors and more! The Coon Dog Day Festival is a great family event, and generally attracts a crowd of 15,000 or more attendees. Dogs are welcome to join in the fun as long as they are leashed. The festival will be on Main Street in downtown Saluda and there will be designated parking areas available. An Information Tent will be open in front of City Hall at 7 a.m. to answer any questions you may have. Take a look at what makes this event so special!

Everything You Need to Know About the Coon Dog Day in Saluda, NC

Coon Dog Day Events

The Coon Dog Day 5K Race/Fun Walk starts off the day-long festivities at 8 a.m. The race begins at City Hall. Walkers and runners alike will enjoy the challenging race route that includes a gradual uphill climb and winds through downtown Saluda with its tree-lined streets. They’ll also enjoy refreshments at the finish line! Visit the event website to register in advance, although race day registration is available.

At 11 a.m., the famous Saluda Parade will begin. The parade always has everyone entertained and with a bevy of handmade floats, as well as decorated tractors, fire trucks, classic cars, and horses. Coon dogs and their owners also participate in the parade, something you won’t want to miss. Trophies are awarded to the best float in the parade. One hit with the crowd is the Coon Dog Day royalty court float, which includes a king, queen, princes, and princesses. The court is elected from local candidates who range in ages, from newborns to 18 years old.

At 1:00 p.m., the Coon Dogs take center stage at the American Kennel Club’s licensed show in the McCreery Park pavilion. Coon dogs are loyal pets, excellent hunters, and are known for their loud, unique bark and incredible sense of smell. After the bench show and special youth show, you’ll get the chance to see coon dogs in action at the treeing contest.

Other Things to Do at Coon Dog Day in Saluda, NC

Be sure to get a bite to eat while you’re strolling through this festival- there will be an abundance of food vendors with mouthwatering, authentic Southern food! Live performances will be taking place throughout the day, ending with a big, festive dance in the evening. Don’t forget to purchase a Coon Dog Day t-shirt to commemorate your experience!


If you stop in town for the Coon Dog Day Festival, make sure you book a room with us at The Orchard Inn. Each of our rooms and cottages gives you stunning views of the mountains. In the morning, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast cooked by our in-house chefs and made with ingredients fresh from our gardens. You can also join us Thursday through Saturday for a delicious dinner, and Sunday mornings for brunch, at Newman’s Restaurant.

Book today and start counting down the days to a fun weekend celebrating man’s best friend!

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