Upcoming Event
Event Name: Blessing of the Hounds
Event Occurs: Once
Event Description: The annual Blessing of the Hounds is a must see for residents and visitors alike. Aiken Hounds is distinguished as having 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. There is no parking at the South Boundary entrance but attendees may park downtown. One should allow 30 minutes to walk from Laurens Street to Memorial Gate. No motorized vehicles or dogs are permitted in the Woods for this event. There is no charge.
Event Class: Equestrian
Contact Person or Organization: Aiken Hounds
Website Address: www.theaikenhounds.com/copy-of-upcoming-events
Contact Email: lchickey63@gmail.com
Start Date/Time: 11/23/2023 9:00 AM
End Date/Time: 11/23/2023
Directions: Memorial Gate in Hitchcock Woods
South Boundary Entrance
Aiken, SC 29801