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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Purina National Coon Dog Championships in Flora

  • From across the Nation, Coon Dogs and Coon Hunters assembled at Charlie Brown Park for the Inaugural Coon Dog National Championships during the week end of March 16 through March 18.Sponsored by  Purina foods and under the auspices of the United Kennel Club, participation was by invitation only and the...
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  • From across the Nation, Coon Dogs and Coon Hunters assembled at Charlie Brown Park for the Inaugural Coon Dog National Championships during the week end of March 16 through March 18.
    Sponsored by  Purina foods and under the auspices of the United Kennel Club, participation was by invitation only and these dogs are the best of the best.
    They were selected from local championships for hunting and for show.
    There had originally been about 2,000 entries from show dogs and 18,000 entries from hunting dogs. Now it was down to 49 entrants, 44 0f which were from out of state.
    There was a showing of the dogs on Friday evening; lots were drawn for hunting sites and the dogs and handlers accompanied by judges went to their selected hunting sites across the area.
    Because it is out of season no coons were shot or captured; the dogs showed their prowess at “treeing” them.
    From Friday’s  hunt,  finalists were chosen and the final hunt was on Saturday night with the winners being announced on Sunday.
    Awards were made as follows:
    Grand Night Champion: “House Mr. Clean” owned by Brian Whitted and Michael Thomas of Huntington, Ind.
    Show Champion: “Midnight Troubles Back In Town” owned by Melinda Hicks of West Virginia. This was the first National Championship held in Flora and is intended to be an annual contest. Congratulations to Flora Coon Club for hosting such a prestigious event.
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