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Coon Dog Day profits more than $6k

A litter of pups sleeps as crowds of festival-goers “ooh” and “aah” over them outside of Saluda Elementary School during the 50th annual Coon Dog Day held Saturday, July 6 in Saluda. (photo by Mark Schmerling)

A litter of pups sleeps as crowds of festival-goers “ooh” and “aah” over them outside of Saluda Elementary School during the 50th annual Coon Dog Day held Saturday, July 6 in Saluda. (photo by Mark Schmerling)

The City of Saluda has Coon Dog Day figured out after reporting a $6,410 profit following the 2013 festival held in July.

The Saluda Board of Commissioners met Monday, Aug. 12 and reviewed the final numbers on the festival, with this year marking its 50th year.

The festival saw $37,426 in revenues this year compared to $31,016 in expenditures.

The city obtained $10,450 in sponsorships, $4,893 in donations, $8,099 for the 5K run, $6,853 in vendor fees, $4,037 in merchandise sales, $2,760 in parking fees and $334 in royalty, according to the report.

Expenses included $3,753 in merchandise, $8,623 for entertainment, $1,250 for sanitation, $3,125 for public safety, $2,750 for shuttles, $583 in golf carts, $7,915 in 5K run expenses, $746 in employee and volunteer expenses, $376 in advertising and $1,895 in other supplies and expenses, according to the city’s report.

The city was thanked by a few residents who spoke on the hard work city employees do for the festival.

City administrator Erny Williams said staff and commissioner Leon Morgan spend never-ending hours on Coon Dog Day. Williams mentioned the $10,450 the city obtained in sponsorships this year and said it takes the city working together to accomplish a successful Coon Dog Day. He said when he first started working for the city, commissioners actually budgeted money to cover Coon Dog Day.

“It’s paid for itself this year,” Williams said as he thanked Morgan and city staff. “It’s a long process for a one-day activity but it actually turned out pretty good this year.”

Coon Dog Day organizers estimate this year’s festival drew between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors to downtown Saluda.

Coon Dog Day is held every year the Saturday following July 4 and includes food, crafts, children’s entertainment, music, a street dance, a parade and dog competitions.