Five Steps to Holding a Great Coon Hunt!
8/4/2006 8:59:35 AM
By: Loretta Gill
1. Think Big!
a. When you are getting ready for an event think big! Always have more prizes than people you think will show up. This will save you the hassle of not having enough trophies for all participants. Remember you can always reuse the trophies for another hunt.
b. Have plenty of food. Food is something that if you have too much of, take it home. It can be dinner or lunch for the next couple of days.
2. Get all club members involved.
a. We all know that holding a big event can be a big job for just one person to do. Everyone needs to have a job that they can do so one person is not running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Spilt things up and give everyone something that they are good at. For example a person with bad hand writing does not need to take entries for the bench show and a bad cook does not need to work the kitchen.
3. Clean the place up!
a. No one wants to go to a dirty club! It is just not a good thing. Make sure that the bathrooms have plenty of toilet paper, that they are clean, and women do go to hunts too so please have a clean place for us to take care of business. This is very important to all women because we can not just go outside like men can!! We are sorry but it just ainít going to happen.
b. Have clean places for people to sleep after a nite hunt. A good couch can be something to fight over after a long night of competition hunting. Now it doesnít have to be the Holiday Inn but make it decent enough for someone to sleep until the rest of the cast get in.
c. Clean the outside of the club. It is really hard for people to have a good time if you feel like youíre in the jungle because the grass is up to your knees. Just make the club look presentable. Cut the grass and outline the areas where you want to hold the treeing contest and different events.
4. Be prepared!
a. The morning of the event get all the club members there early to plan out what is happening at what times and where. This will help club members answer questions, get things ready in time, and for them to know what is going on.
b. Line out where all events are going to be. For example, with the treeing contest, use some spray paint to draw the circle around the tree and the starting box. Have all of the benches out at least two or three hours before the show. All bench show people like to show their dogs before the regular show. It helps them get used to the ring and it gets the dog focused on what they are supposed to do. Have all the lines drawn for the water race. By doing this it will get people familiar with the area of events and it will keep people from parking in the areas that you want to do your events.
5. Get motivated!!
a. This the most important tip that I can give to you! Motivation is something that makes running a hunt a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable for everyone. Even if the event was a wash out it is still something that some people came to, and if they liked it then they will get their friends to go to next time. Always make every event great. The happier that you make people the bigger it will be in the future.
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