NEW CASTLE — Dozens, if not hundreds, of beagles and their owners will descend upon the Backwoods Beagle Club this weekend for the inaugural Kids World Championship.
The hunt is open to any interested youth with a beagle. A birth certificate, or some proof of the child’s age, will be needed when registering for the event, which is sanctioned by the Professional Kennel Club.
The first qualifying round will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday with the second qualifying round starting at 11 a.m.
Two age groups will be participating in the competition: Preteens and teens. They will be divided into groups of four, with a non-hunting judge accompanying each group. No rabbits will be harmed during the hunt portion of the competition. Points are earned according to how the hounds did in hunting. The number of points earned depends on which beagle is first to strike a rabbit, establish a line and so on. The handlers will also be evaluated by the judge. At the end of one hour, whoever has the most points, wins.
More than just a hunt competition, the event is designed to get more youth involved in the outdoors, said Brandon Hanners, event organizer. A variety of vendors will be there and numerous door prizes for the youth will be distributed in addition to cash prizes for the winners. A bench show is planned for Saturday afternoon and there will be demonstrations connected with the great outdoors, such as turkey calling and shooting a bow and arrow.
All the winners from Saturday will compete in Sunday’s final round robin tournament, which starts at 7 a.m.
Backwoods Beagle Club is located at 30298 Rabbit Ridge Road, Howard. For directions, visit backwoodsbeagleclub.webs.com.
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