COSHOCTON -- On April 13-15, beagles will be returning to Coshocton for the fifth year. United Kennel Club Inc., the world's largest all breed performance registry, in association with the Coshocton County Beagle Club and sponsored by Black Gold Dog Food, is pleased to announce this year's Hunting Beagle Nationals -- a hunting and bench show event. Celebrating its 21st year of competition, the Hunting Beagle Nationals will take place April 13-15 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds (7th Street, Coshocton).

"It's exciting for Coshocton to host this event again this year," said Jan Myers, director of the Coshocton County Visitors Bureau. "This is a great group of people who really enjoy coming back to Coshocton each year for this national competition."

Myers said many of the participants bring their families with them to visit the local attractions.

"They've discovered that in addition to our great outdoors, we also have other activities for the whole family to enjoy," she said. "The local shops, businesses and restaurants appreciate the increased traffic and are hopefully gearing up for the Beagle Nationals weekend."

"There will be over four hundred entries, making it one of the largest Hunting Beagle Nationals," said Tanya Raab, with the United Kennel Club. "Beagles have always been a popular choice for pet owners and enthusiasts. However, the breed's popularity as a scent dog has made the Hunting Beagle Nationals one of the most successful events in the country."

Activities will include a competition hunt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to showcase the scent and tracking abilities of this hardworking breed, with winners taking home the National Hunt Champion title for each division (Registered, Champion and Grand Champion). No game will be taken during any of the weekend's events and no firearms will be permitted, in accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations.

Also, some of the best looking Beagles from across the country will compete for the title of UKC 2012 National Show Champion, during the Saturday afternoon bench show competition.

"UKC representatives will be on-hand to answer any questions regarding the UKC Hunting Beagle program," added Raab. "If you've never experienced Beagling, you owe it to yourself to check out one of the country's most popular hunting events, featuring one of the country's most beloved dog breeds."

For information regarding local attractions and lodging, contact the Coshocton County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 338-4724 or visit www.visitcoshocton.com. To find out more about UKC registration and events, call 269-343-9020 or visit www.ukcdogs.com.