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Autumn Oaks

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Labor Day Weekend: August 30 - September 2, 2018
Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Rd, Richmond IN 47374

Online entries open late June 2018. Entries close at midnight, August 10, 2018.

NEW for 2018! National Dual Championship Degree (NATLDC)

August 30 & 31, 2018
Featuring the UKC Total Dog Challenge at Autumn Oaks, sponsored by Kelley's K-Lights

August 30: Nite Hunt. Confirm nite hunt entries by 6 p.m.
August 31: Show. Dual Champions Class to immediately follow Registered classes. Approximate start time is noon.

  • Eligibility: Dogs official UKC record must reflect minimum dual title (CH/NITE CH) at time of entry.
  • Advanced entries only, open to first 100 dogs entered. $35 Entry Fee. Download Nite Hunt Entry form or enter online.
  • Entry Confirmation Deadline 6 p.m. Thursday.
  • Round 1: Thursday Nite Hunt. All entrants drawn out by their own breed. 90-minute hunt. Hunting judges. Cast winners must have a total score of plus points to advance to Round 2.
  • Round 2: Friday Bench Show. Cast winners to show against their own breed. Same handler not required in hunt and show.
  • Round 3: Friday Bench Show. Breed winners to show for overall National Dual Champion. Overall winner to receive National Dual Champion Degree (NATLDC).

Additional Autumn Oaks Events

Nite Hunt

August 31-September 1, 2018
Autumn Oaks is a one-night hunt run off in two nights. This event is the second leg of the exciting UKC Triple Crown Series, sponsored by Black Gold Premium Dog Food.

Advanced entry only. Download Nite Hunt Entry form or enter online.
Entries must be submitted by midnight, August 10, 2018.
Entry Fee: $35
Friday and Saturday: Hunt Entries confirm between 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the night scheduled to hunt.
Grand Sixteen: All Grand Nite Champions hunt on Friday night.

Coonhound Specialty Show

August 30, 2018 - 11 a.m.
Pre-enter and your entry fee is only $20 per dog/entry!

Enter one of the following classes:

  • Puppy (6 months-1 year)
  • Junior (1-2 years)
  • Intermediate (2-3 years)
  • Adult (3 years and over)
  • Breeder/Handler (6 months and over, handled by breeder)
  • Champion
  • Grand Champion

Note: Altered Conformation will not be offered.

  • Puppy, Junior, Intermediate, Adult and Breeder/Handler classes will be placed 1st4th.
  • Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded in the Champion class.
  • Grand Champion will be awarded in the Grand Champion class.
  • Best Male and Best Female, Best of Winners, and Best of Breed awards will also be given.
  • The Best of Breed of each breed will go compete for Best In Coonhound Specialty Show and Reserve Best In Specialty Show.
  • We will also be offering Junior Showmanship classes. There is no cost to enter Junior Showmanship and you do not need a UKC Junior Membership number to enter.

Bench Show

August 30-September 1, 2018
Pre-enter and your entry fee is only $20 per dog/entry!

Friday: Registered, National Dual Championship Show
Saturday: Champions, Kids Bench Show, Grand Champions

Entries for the Coonhound Specialty and the Bench Show will be $25 per dog/entry at the event.

Autumn Oaks Triple Crown Event Purina Points Event

Featured Sponsors

Black Gold Purina


Event Info

Nite Hunt Entry Form (PDF)
Schedule (PDF)
Grounds Map (PDF)
Rules (PDF)
Black Gold 2000 Slam Series (PDF)

Vendor Info

Vendor Application (PDF)

Local Info

Local Richmond, Indiana Info
Lodging (PDF)
Dining Guide (PDF)

Notes & Reminders

  • Pre-entry deadline for the Nite Hunt and Bench Show is August 10, 2018 at midnight.
  • GRAND SIXTEEN: All Grand Nite Champions hunt on Friday night.
  • ATVs are strictly prohibited. Golf carts (rented or private), motorized scooters and mopeds must carry proof of insurance at all times. All drivers must be of an age to have a state issued driver's license. This will be enforced.
  • Free camping Thursday through Sunday. Pre-event camping fee collected at gate.
  • DoubleCut will provide live entertainment on Friday in the Kuhlman Center from 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Please note that the Wayne County Fairgrounds is a designated non-smoking area.

Parking Requirements

$5 per vehicle for the weekend if parking on grounds OR $2 per person/$5 per family per day at the gate entrance from Salisbury Road parking area.

  • Event participants, Vendors and Staff will receive free parking permits.
  • Nite Hunt entrants: your parking pass will be mailed with your advanced entry confirmation.
  • Bench Show entrants: your parking pass will be mailed with your advanced entry confirmation. Passes will also be available for day of-show entrants.
  • Please be sure to hang your parking pass from your rearview mirror for ease in entrance on Friday and Saturday.

Emergency Vet

VCA Northwood Animal Hospital
3255 North State Road 9, Anderson IN 46012
800.341.6111 or 765.649.5218

View Additional Vets (PDF)


UKC Autumn Oaks judges are well qualified and come with the experience as owners, breeders and handlers. Judges will be posted here soon!

Hunt Club Support

Guide support provided by area clubs:

  • Wayne County CHA (Grounds)
  • Limberlost CHC, Bryant, Indiana
  • Shelby County Sportsmen Club,
  • Shelbyville, Indiana
  • Van Wert County CHA, Convoy, Ohio
  • Deer Creek Coon hunters, Greencastle, Indiana

About Autumn Oaks

The Event Where History Is Made

Founded in 1960 in the Midwest, Autumn Oaks is the granddaddy of all UKC events. The UKC National Grand Champions of the seven UKC recognized breeds are named at this annual hunt.

Autumn Oaks brings together the outstanding coonhounds from the United States and Canada to participate in a Nite Hunt and Bench Show. This prestigious event is held over Labor Day weekend each year. The location of Autumn Oaks is carefully selected on the basis of a club or clubs that can supply qualified guides, good hunting territory, and a fairground that has camping facilities, barns and meeting rooms to accommodate the thousands who attend. Autumn Oaks is a family affair and an event where old friends become reacquainted and new ones are made.

Autumn Oaks is a one-night hunt run off in two nights.

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