KY. loses world championship of coonhounds

FRANKFORT, KY. (AP) - Kentucky is no longer top dog when it comes to coonhounds.

Illinois has landed the Professional Kennel Club's annual competition to determine the world's best coonhound, an event that had been held in Kentucky for nearly two decades.

Business owners in Salem, Ill., are prepare for the arrival later this month of some 7,000 visitors who will be drawn to the small town for annual competition. Meanwhile, lodge owners and restaurateurs in Kentucky still are chafing that they lost an event with an economic impact of up to $3.5 million.

Kentucky officials were caught off guard by Professional Kennel Club's decision to move the event. Tourism Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson said state leaders didn't know until after the decision was made.

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