AKC brings hundreds to Albany for Coon Hunt

AKC brings hundreds to Albany for Coon Hunt
Jimmy Phillips, Executive Fields Rep. with AKC Heritage Show. (Source: WALB)
Jimmy Phillips, Executive Fields Rep. with AKC Heritage Show. (Source: WALB)
Four winners from the Coon Hunt will walk away with an eagle's trophy. (Source: WALB)
Four winners from the Coon Hunt will walk away with an eagle's trophy. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The American Kennel Club's Southern Heritage Hunt & Show kicked off Friday night at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Albany.

It's an annual event for hunters to show off their coonhounds.

The two-day event started at 6 p.m. and will go until 2 a.m. on Saturday morning and then pick up again Saturday night.

Local organizations are putting on the benefit to aid in the prevention of child abuse.

Event organizers said this event is important to them and want to give back.

"It's very important to come here and give back. The city of Albany has been good to us, the Exchange Club is great to us, and Dougherty County. We just enjoy coming to Albany. This is our sixth year and we look forward to coming back," said AKC Southern Heritage Hunt Executive Field Rep. Jimmy Phillips.

The two highest scores from the hunt Friday and Saturday will advance to the championship round and will receive an eagle trophy.

The final winner will walk away with a $5,000 prize Saturday night.

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