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Blessing of the Hounds
November 23, 2017
The annual Blessing of the Hounds is a must see for residents and visitors alike. Distinguished Aiken Hounds has the oldest drag hunt in the nation. In a drag hunt, cloth saturated with fox scent is dragged across the terrain to create a trail for the hounds to follow. Mounted riders follow the pack. A local clergyman officiates the event each year.
The ceremony pays homage to the various traditions of foxhunting, to the heritage of Aiken’s historic hunt culture, and to the skilled hounds that make this sport so engaging. NO parking at the South Boundary entrance but attendees may park downtown. Also, allow 30 minutes to walk from Laurens Street to Memorial Gate. No motorized vehicles or dogs are permitted in the Woods for this event. Furthermore, there is NO charge.