Saluda’s Coon Dog Day set to celebrate its 60th year

Published 2:40 pm Thursday, June 29, 2023

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Excitement builds for a day of fun, food and music

SALUDA—Anticipation is brewing in Saluda as the city prepares for its Annual Coon Dog Day Festival on Saturday, July 8.

This year marks the 60th celebration of the popular festival, as locals and visitors enjoy a day of crafts, food, music and good old-fashioned small-town fun. The event will feature approximately 30 vendors and will include food, art and shopping.

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The Saluda Elementary School 5K Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m., with the start and finish lines along Main Street. Vendors will then be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The legendary Coon Dog Day Parade will take place at 11 a.m., followed by the AKC Registered Coon Hound Dog Show at 2:30 p.m., located at McCreery Park Pavilion.

The Stipe Brothers and Dan Ruiz will close out the festivities with live music, performing from 7 to 9 p.m. at the music stage in McCreery Park.

“We look forward to celebrating Saluda’s beloved Coon Dog Day Festival as it reaches a howling milestone; 60 years of tradition, community and tails wagging,” said Saluda Commissioner Paul Marion.

No alcohol is permitted inside the festival area. Public parking will be available on Howard Gap Road, with a shuttle service to and from the festival up until 5 p.m.

All registration forms for the 5K Race, parade and vendor applications can be found at