Kenton NationalsHas anybody out there ever attended the Kenton National Coon Dog Field Trials or Kenton Nationals?
This was an event held on labor day weekend each year in Kenton, Ohio. I believe it was started in the mid 1950's but I a not sure. I attended every year from 1990 to 2002 except for 1996. I was introduced to the event from an avid coon hunter from North Carolina.
People seemed to attend from all over the country, as evidenced by the licence plates on the vehicles. There was a large campground and people could also set up as vendors. It was one large flea market, although it centred on hunting dogs. It seemed to grow in size each year that I attended.
The event is no longer happening. It was cancelled as far as I know for 2009, but was on in 2010 and 2011, although guns, dogs and anything hunting seemed to be unwelcome. I can only guess at this as the best I can come across is snippets from a few scattered interent postings. Such a large and popular event seems to have vanished and is apparently forgotten, almost totally off the radar.
I have been told that a similar event has been organized up near Lima Ohio, but I may be wrong about the location.
The old event seemed to be a great model of mid west and southern culture. I still remember the many characters that would attend on a regular basis.
I understand that the man who founded the event had passed away several years prior to it ending, but I have never been able to find any information on that, just a lot of speculationa and rumors about what may have happened to the event, which I will not repeat here.
If anbody else remembers or went there, let me know, share your story.