Labor Day at the Coon Dog Cemetery


This photo of Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is courtesy of TripAdvisor
 
A few years ago, when I was an e-newsletter editor for PetSmart, I came across this unique Labor Day tradition and thought I’d share it with you today, just for fun. Most of us are celebrating  the “end of summer” with picnics and barbecues, but folks down in Tuscumbia, Ala., are heading out to the old Coon Dog Cemetery. Yep, they are enjoying sumptuous smoked hickory barbecue and mouthwatering Moon Pies amongst the the marked graves of 300 hunting dogs. And that’s not all – there’s also a liars’ contest (yes, really) and something called buck dancing (aka clogging). Oh, and the cemetery is in the Muscle Shoals area and we know they have some swampers that have been known to pick a song or two (yes they do) so you can hear Bluegrass music as well.

It seems this whole cemetery thing began back in 1937 when a hunter named Key Underwood buried his beloved canine companion, Troop, on Labor Day. Troop had passed away the day before. The burial spot was a popular hunting camp where hunters often gathered to share a drink and tell tall tales. Key said it was Troops’ favorite spot and he wanted him to spend eternity there. Other hunters followed suit and a very cool and very unique tradition was born.

So, whether you are clogging around a canine crypt or just hanging out by the pool like me, I hope you have a great Labor Day. Heck, even internal communications professionals, writers and consultants need a day off every now and then. So don’t you dare think about working on that communications plan, e-newsletter article or annual budget because, well, at least for today, that would be barking up the wrong tree.

Links
How the Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration Began
Official Coon Dog Cemetery website

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