CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - Hunting hounds in Keswick got a helping hand from a higher power.
Hundreds gathered at Grace Episcopal Church Thursday, November 28, for the 91st Annual Blessing of the Hounds. The Thanksgiving tradition opens with a church service, complete with a sermon, hymns, and fellowship.
Then, the church’s rector prays that the hunters on horse-back and their hounds have success in their hunt, but that the foxes they're after make it a good chase.
"The blessing of the hounds started in 1929, so it's been happening a long time, and fox hunting has been a tradition and a sport in Albemarle County since the colonial days, so it's part of our history," Miles Smith with Grace Episcopal Church said.