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Winter Coon Dog Classic even better than expected

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

February 2, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite the economy the UKC Winter Classic was a big success.

More than 8,000 visitors attended the 22nd Annual Coon Dog Hunting lassic at the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds. That pumped an estimated $1. 7 million into the local economy.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lisa Riddle  say the faltering economy has not hit Albany tourism.

Riddle said "I think people are traveling definitely. We haven't seen as much of a downturn as other areas."

The Winter Classic had 25 fewer dogs compete in night hunts, but more compete in their dog shows.

 The United Kennel Club has already reserved the Albany fairgrounds for their 23rd annual Winter Classic next January.

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