January 3-5, 2019
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Coon Fest! Free to all early arrivals on Thursday beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Featuring: Food, Country Music, Entertainment and Door Prizes
Opening Ceremonies will be Friday beginning at 10 a.m. in the Bates Building.
(Two Hour Hunts)
There will be a hunt-off following Saturday nights hunt to crown the Grand American Champion.
Double cast winners will advance to the final four. If more than four double cast winners, then top four with highest combined final score will advance. If less, then highest score dog(s) from either night will advance. Must hunt both nights to be eligible for Final Four.
Entries taken on grounds based on hunting guide availability. $60 entry fee on grounds. Cash only.
Nite Hunt Entry Rules
- UKC and Grand American reserve the right to assign observers to any cast.
- All guides must be residents of South Carolina and members of a participating club.
- Any cast that becomes separated must return to the Fairgrounds or be scratched.
Send Hunt Entries to:
314 Alexander Road
Whitmire SC 29178
Two Day Event and entries taken in the Bates Building.
Friday: 8 - 10 a.m. for Registered, Dual Champions & Pairs
Saturday: 8 - 10 a.m. for Champions, Grand Champions & Overall
Bench Show Deadline: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.
Entry Fee: $20
Saturday, Free Kiddy Bench Show for children under 12 years old: 10 a.m.
Entries will be taken from 8 - 10 a.m.
Deadline: 10 a.m.
Entry Fee: $15
Will be held after the Saturday Bench Show.
Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m.
Entry Fee: $5
TOP 20 Payout! Number of Entries X $5 / 20 Each Night. The amount of money from the $5 shall be divided equally among The Top 20 Cast Winners each night.
First Place: Overall - $1,000, Tri-Tronics Trashbreaker, Regal Dog Box, Bright Eyes Light, custom embroidered jacket from Dans Hunting Gear, Garmin System from Garmin, and gift certificate from GTs.
Second place: $500, Bright Eyes Light, dog box from Woods and Water, Garmin System from Valley Creek Hunting Supply, custom embroidered jacket from Dans Hunting Gear, and gift certificate from GTs.
Third place: $300, Bright Eyes Light, dog box from KJ Kennels & Supplies, Garmin System from Valley Creek Hunting Supply, custom embroidered jacket from Dans Hunting Gear, and gift certificate from GTs.
Fourth place: $200, Bright Eyes Light, custom embroidered jacket from Dans Hunting Gear, dog box from Big River Hunting Supply, and gift certificate from GTs.
Each of the Final Four winners will be receiving a pair of boots from Yoder Nylon.
Overall Show Winner - Regal Dog Box donated by Regal, and a custom embroidered jacket from Dans Hunting Gear.
Dual Champion Show Winner - a light from Valley Creek.
About Grand American
Two Nite Hunts, One Bench Show (held over two days)
Often viewed as the kick-off to the UKC coonhound events calendar, the Grand American is the first major event of the year, taking place in early January in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Presented by American Cooner magazine, the Grand American is a nationally-known event that features skilled hounds from all over the country. The coonhound community is proud to offer this family-friendly event, where attendees can shop a variety of vendors, catch up with old friends, and make new ones!
Jan 6, 2018 -
OFFICIAL: 2018 Grand American Final Nite Hunt Results / 2018 Grand American Final Four
Orangeburg, South Carolina2018 Grand American Final Four
Jan 6, 2018 -
OFFICIAL: 2018 Grand American Saturday Bench Show
Orangeburg, South CarolinaBench Show Judge: Mike Seets Entries: 63
Jan 6, 2018 -
OFFICIAL: 2018 Grand American Saturday Nite Hunt
Orangeburg, South CarolinaMOH: John Sapier Entries: 225
Jan 6, 2018 -
OFFICIAL: 2018 Grand American Youth Bench Show
Orangeburg, South CarolinaBench Show Judge: Rebecca Sox Entries: 29
Jan 5, 2018 -
OFFICIAL: 2018 Grand American Friday Bench Show
Orangeburg, South CarolinaBench Show Judge: Jamie Criggers Entries: 43
Jan 5, 2018 -
OFFICIAL: 2018 Grand American Friday Nite Hunt
Orangeburg, South CarolinaMOH: Dale Weatherford Entries: 236
Notes & Reminders
- Advanced Entries $35 each night.
- All Nite Hunt entries must be postmarked no later than December 10, 2018.
- You must bring your UKC Easy Entry Card or Registration Certificate to confirm entry.
- Grand American reserves the right to refuse entry or to remove any dog or person from grounds.
Call after 3 p.m. during the week
Dog Dealers: Barn spaces must be paid in advance. All money must be received by December 30, 2018. No spots will be held without payment. Send check or money order to Randy Riser, 122 Riser Road, Waterloo SC 29384. 864.677.3368 After 5 p.m. Make checks payable to Grand American CHA.
Supply Vendor information contact:
Roger Enlow, 864.923.5431. Call after 4:30 p.m.
Grand American Barn, 803.534.5707
Camper Hookups please mail a $30 deposit and information to:
Orangeburg County Fairgrounds
PO Box 726, Orangeburg SC 29116-0726
Call 803.534.0358 for more information. All dogs on grounds must have proof of rabies vaccination. Fairgrounds and barns will be open Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Parking $5 a day per vehicle. Dogs on ground for sale $30 per 15 x 30 space. Absolutely no bulldogs of any age, breed, or type allowed on grounds!
UKC, Grand American and Host Clubs are not responsible for loss, accidents or theft. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages, firearms or unprescribed drugs will be allowed on the grounds or while participating in the hunt or in the buildings the day of a UKC licensed event.
Lazer Light Company
Woods and Water of Chapin, South Carolina
Derrick Equipment Company
The Dog Food Center
Big River Hunting Supply