COSHOCTON -- Beagles will be returning to Coshocton this month for the Don McVay Sr. Memorial Beagle Hunt which will take place at Schumaker Farms located at 52411 County Road 16 in West Lafayette on Aug. 24 and 25 beginning at 6:30 a.m. Spectator admission and parking are free. Dave McVay is the event chairperson.

"Don McVay Sr. was an avid beagler and was respected by so many beaglers," said Dave McVay. "We will see hunters here from all over the country at this event since it has become one of the most prestigious events to win. We had 153 dogs in the hunt last year and 208 the previous year. This is the 11th year for this event and we expect between 1,000 to 1,500 people."

McVay says the hunt draws participants from across Ohio as well as from several states including -- New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, and Virginia. Most of them stay in the Coshocton or Newcomerstown area.

"This year's event is a money event where the winners will receive a very large payout," McVay explained. "The PKC is the host kennel club and has added $1,000 to the purse. The beaglers really like coming to Coshocton County. With the UKC Nationals here in April each year, the beaglers have become very familiar with Coshocton, and the running grounds that the Coshocton County Beagle Club have are some of the best in the country."

The public is welcome to attend the event. McVay says visitors can show up and go out on a cast as a spectator or they can watch a show that will occur sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday

They also can take part in the raffle of items, which will be between noon and 2 p.m.

This hunt is designed to give back to the hunter by having a raffle of items totaling $20,000.00. Tickets are sold the day of the event for six for $5.

For information about the Don McVay Sr. Memorial Beagle Hunt, contact Dave McVay with the Coshocton County Beagle Club at 740-502-3953.