Rabbit Hash is a tiny town (and census-designated place) in Boone County, Kentucky. Its most notable building is the Rabbit Hash General Store, which is regarded as the best known and best preserved country store in Kentucky, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 2, 1989. On February 13, 2016, the store was destroyed by a fire.
Around the same time the town abolished the usual election for mayor when residents agreed that they had no need for one. A least they felt that there was no need for a two-legged one. Instead, they began electing canine mayors.
The first mayor of Rabbit Hash was Hizzonor Goofy Borneman-Calhoun who was inaugurated in 1998. In 2004 Junior Cochran, a black Lab, assumed office. Unfortunately he died he died a few months later. A special election was held and Lucy Lou, a border collie, became the first female mayor.
And on a recent election day, and after a fair share of paw shaking, a pit bull terrier named Brynneth Pawltro was elected first dog.
She won by a landslide, beating out two other dogs: Lady Stone and Bourbon. There were also a few dark horse candidates – actually make that a donkey, a cat, and a chicken.
In order to vote, you do not have to be a resident of the town. You do have to pay one dollar each time you vote. And drinking at the polls is highly encouraged.
Funds raised in this election went towards rebuilding the Rabbit Hash General Store.
All together the votes brought in close to $9000. Of this amount, Mayor Brynneth Pawltro fetched in 3367 votes. And that’s dog-gone amazing for a town with a population of 315.
And, in honor of our veterans, a word from the Seeing Eye …