So what is a Coonhound convention?
What is isn't is a place for “toothless, overall wearing, tobacco spitting backwoods folk," according to the Indy Star.
Some of the participants are rich, very rich, six figure and seven figure earners. Some are women. Some of the dogs are worth $40,000.
During the weekend more than 700 coonhounds will go out at night to compete. They go in groups of four.
Their owner or handler will keep score of how well the dogs hunt raccoons. It's all on the honesty system. No coons are killed. No guns allowed. Judging is complicated and involves all sorts of criteria. Among the good things a dog can do: letting out a chop bark (a high-pitched bark) after chasing a coon up a tree. Source
Besides bragging rights, the winning dogs can command high stud fees to pass their genes along to the next generation of coon hunters.
What could be more fun than bonding with your dog in a little friendly competition with like-minded humans?
Even the raccoons are probaby amused.