For decades now the BSS Nationals has been hosted in the spring. It runs rain or shine, persevering no matter the obstacles. Boykin owners cannot be denied and 2024 will be our best year yet. We will return to Boykin SC for our 2024 National Championship. The dates will be April 4th – April 7th in historic Boykin, Rembert, and Camden SC. Activities begin on Thursday with the arrival of the judges and volunteer workers. Handlers arriving Thursday may check in at the City Arena, with Elaine Baker. It is the annual “Knock the Dust Off” oyster roast and BBQ. This has been a fun event and is a terrific way to get you ready for the rest of the weekend. It is here that the weekend really starts, and many old friends meet and enjoy the smoky goodness of BBQ and the salty brine of oysters along with a chilled glass of wine or beer. This year’s oyster roast will be hosted in the stunning rose gardens behind the Kershaw-Cornwallis house. All field work begins on FRIDAY morning. We will again utilize staggered starting times for each stake, with Novice beginning at 8:00 am, followed by Puppy, then Intermediate and finally Open. This will be an action-packed weekend with something for everyone in your family. The BSS will be bringing back the Duck Dog Shootout this year! We will once again have the Trash Duck Challenge, Hot Dog Retrieve, Speed Dog, Children’s Handling Stake and of course the ever-popular Natural Ability stake. A variety of vendors will be at the arena with many differing sporting dog accessories for sale. All the fun side games will be held in the Boykin community and open to all walkups. You may sign up for Natural Ability and the other fun stakes at the event.