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SALUDA SLIDESHOW: Every dog has his day

People and dogs enjoyed the 50th Coon Dog Day parade Saturday in Saluda. People and dogs enjoyed the 50th Coon Dog Day parade Saturday in Saluda.

SALUDA — Organizers caught a rare window of clear weather and welcomed hundreds of visitors, tourists and local folks to the 50th Coon Dog Day in Saluda on Saturday.

The annual parade, a highlight of the event, included old-timey cars, fire trucks, improvised floats, beauty queens and salutes of all kinds to the lowly hound dog known for its gifted nose and tell-tale bark.

The grand champion, a black, brown and white hound named Jake, walked down Saluda's Main Street with his handler. The owner described his dog as "the Pavarotti of coon dogs."