KENTON — The familiar baying of hounds may be missing, but the Kenton National will return this year.
After a one-year hiatus, Kenton National owners Jim and Joyce Ross are ringing back the popular summer event, but with a few changes, most notably the absence of the coon dog trials that once served as the week’s main event.
“There will be no dogs in this event. Actually, there are no live animals allowed on the grounds at all,” said Joyce Ross.
The event has been moved up and shrunk down as well. The date has been moved from the week leading into Labor Day to Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The flea market area that once spread out across the grounds will be reeled in to the ground’s original 100-acre area. And the number of vendors has been cut, from a high of more than 1,000 in past years, to a maximum of 424 this year.
Ross said the changes are something they have considered for years, but taking the year off made it possible to come back the way they want the event to be.
“Not having it gave us the opportunity and the time to see that we could make changes. We realized that, yes, we really want to do it, but this way we can put those changes into affect,” Ross said.
The biggest addition to the event will be the inclusion of three days of live music. The weekend will include bluegrass, country and gospel music along with bluegrass workshops. The Ross’ daughter is already booking bands.
“She’s working on that part of it. We can’t announce the bands yet, but she’ll have them soon,” Ross said.
The entertainment list and other details about this year’s event will be posted at www.kentonnational.com as information is verified.