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Hundreds gather at Coon Dog Cemetery for Labor Day celebration

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Hundreds of people filled the Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County for the 75th Annual Labor Day celebration. Hundreds of people filled the Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County for the 75th Annual Labor Day celebration.
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

People from near and far gathered in the Shoals on Monday for a one of a kind Labor Day celebration at the Coon Dog Cemetery.

Hundreds of people filled the Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County for the 75th Annual Labor Day celebration.

Every year, hundreds of people from all walks of life visit the Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery on Labor Day.

"People look forward to it. It's a really different event. It said a lot about our culture in the area," said executive director, Susan Hamlin.

There was live music and endless amounts of barbecue. Friends of all ages joined the more than 300 coon dogs buried in the world's only coon dog cemetery.

"Everyone loves to come out for barbecue on Labor Day. That's sort of a tradition in the south," said Hamlin.

The rain held off for most of the day, allowing everyone to enjoy the history and fellowship in western Colbert County.

The cemetery has provided a final resting place strictly for registered coon dogs since 1937.

In fact, it has been said that a dog must meet three requirements for burial there: The owner must claim their pet is an authentic coon dog, a witness must agree, and a member of the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard must view the coon dog and declare it as such.

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