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Beagles to invade Coshocton

| April 8, 2013

COSHOCTON – The UKC Beagle Nationals will return to Coshocton for the sixth year Thursday through Sunday, April 11-14.

United Kennel Club Inc., the world’s largest all breed performance registry, in association with the Coshocton County Beagle Club and sponsored by Black Gold Dog Food, is pleased to announce the scheduling for this year’s Hunting Beagle Nationals – hunting and bench show event. Celebrating its 22nd year of competition, the Hunting Beagle Nationals will be held Thursday, April 11; Friday, April 12; Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds on Seventh Street.

“There will be more than 400 entries, making it one of the largest Hunting Beagle Nationals,” said Tanya Raab, with the United Kennel Club. “Beagles have always been a popular choice for pet owners and enthusiasts. However, the breed’s popularity as a scent dog has made the Hunting Beagle Nationals one of the most successful events in the country.”

“It’s exciting for Coshocton to host this event again this year,” said Jan Myers, director of the Coshocton County Visitors Bureau. “This is a great group of people who really enjoy coming back to Coshocton each year for this national competition.”

Myers says that many of the participants bring their families with them to visit the local attractions. 

“They’ve discovered that in addition to our great outdoors, we also have other activities for the whole family to enjoy,” she said. “The local shops, businesses, lodging facilities and restaurants appreciate the increased traffic and are hopefully gearing up for the weekend.”

Activities will include a competition hunt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to showcase the scent and tracking abilities of this hardworking breed, with winners taking home the National Hunt Champion title for each division (Registered, Champion and Grand Champion). No game will be taken during any of the weekend’s events and no firearms will be permitted, in accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations. Also, some of the best looking Beagles from across the country will compete for the title of UKC 2013 National Show Champion, during the Saturday afternoon bench show competition.

“UKC representatives will be on-hand to answer any questions regarding the UKC Hunting Beagle program,” Raab said.”If you’ve never experienced Beagling, you owe it to yourself to check out one of the country’s most popular hunting events, featuring one of the country’s most beloved dog breeds.”

To find out more about UKC registration and events, call 269-343-9020or visit www.ukcdogs.com



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