b'A N N U A L B L E S S I N G O F T H E H O U N D SThere is a variety of food available as well.Home-made biscuits and other breakfast goodies for the morning to the usual lunch favorites in the after-noon.There are plenty of sweets for the sweet tooth as well.With 13 permanent antique shops to visit, youre sure to have a fun filled day.The fair is always the first Saturday in the months of May and October from 9 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. The Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving morning is an annual tradition that has taken place in Southern Pines for more than 100 years.It is the opening meet of the Moore County Hounds, theF E S T I VA L O F T R E E Soldest fox hunting club in North Carolina.Blessing of the Hounds riders, who are members ofThe Annual Festival of Trees is sure to delight the Moore County Hounds, come dressed in formalthe young and the young-at-heart. Join us as we hunting attire which includes the signature red hunt- turn The Carolina Hall into a sparkling winter ing jackets called pinks, white pants, leather ridingwonderland! You wont believe your eyes as you boots, and hunt caps.Other visiting riders maystroll down the aisles featuring over 200 trees participate by invitation only.Before the releasingof various sizes all decked out in their holiday of the hounds for the mock fox hunt, the riders andfinery. The Festival of Trees also has decorated hounds gather to receive a blessing from a local Epis- wreaths, gingerbread houses, and gift baskets. copal priest.The idea of the blessing dates back toAll will be awaiting your bid at the online auction the early medieval days when hunters believed thatsite. Be sure to check out the schedule of events, St. Hubert of Liege, the patron saint of hunters, couldso you dont miss a minute of the fun. Admission protect their hounds and keep them safe duringis by any monetary donation at the door and all the hunt. The hunt takes place on over 4,000 acresproceeds benefit children with disabilities in the owned by the Walthour-Moss Foundation.Sandhills.35 ::/homeofgolf @usahomeofgolf @homeofamericangolf'