No kidding - we spent some time yesterday with a lot of other folks at the Coon Dog Cemetery Celebration in Northwest Alabama. It was named after Key Underwood who lost his coon dog of 15 years. On Labor Day in 1937, Key buried his faithful coon dog Troop at the camp where local hunters had gathered for years. It was Troops favorite spots.
Every year since then over the Labor Day Weekend Coon Dog hunters and the curious have gathered at the Cemetery to celebrate coon dogs and coon dog hunters. It is a one-of-a-kind place.
We heard about it from friends here at the Red Bay Downtown RV Park who planned on attending. The details on the FaceBook page read:
We decided it was something we did not want to miss and arrived about 11:15 AM. There were only a few signs until we got there and it was off the beaten path.
But as soon as we neared the cemetery, there were lots of cars parked on both sides of the road.
It was about a quarter of a mile walk to the festivities, but they had a group of volunteers with golf carts who were riding up and down the road doing a shuttle service.
Once we got the the cemetery, there were a number of booths set up
It was a fun time at the cemetery.
We heard some oldies including Bobby Vinton, the Everly Brothers and BJ Thomas. Travis Wammack and his band were pretty good. It was good listening. One guy got up and was 'moved' to do a little buck dancing (a regional clogging kind of step). We also heard some bluegrass music and one of the most unique national anthem renditions I think I've ever heard. It might have been a Jimi Hendrix version.
At any rate, it was another unique experience for us. If you are in the area next Labor Day - we recommend it!