The Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival has been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events for the seventh year in a row.
That announcement was made at the 2014 Top 100 Awards on March 1 during the Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) Annual Conference in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
“We are tremendously proud that the Sheep Dog Trials Festival remains such a lively and successful event. Its unique mix of attractions in the gorgeous setting of Grass Creek Park makes it a wonderful event for the whole family,” said the event Manager, Recreation Programs, Jaclyn Grimmon.
President of the Canadian Border Collie Association (CBCA), Dave Young – who is also a long-time competitor and volunteer at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival – stated that he wasn’t surprised by the announcement, saying “The Kingston event is the largest Sheep Dog Trial in Canada and the third largest in North America. This is Kingston’s premiere rural event attracting visitors from across North America and beyond. To be named to the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario for the seventh consecutive year proves that we belong in the big leagues!”
Kingston has also been chosen by the Canada Border Collie Association to host the Canadian National Championships this year, with the “Dogs vs. Sheep” event beginning on August 8, 2014.
“It’s the incredible community support and the perpetual collaboration with our sponsors that continues to draw first-rate competitors and spectators to our event,” says Amanda Milliken, Chair of the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Committee. “The continued growth of the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival for twenty-seven consecutive years can be attributed to not only the quality of this event, but the way in which Kingstonians warmly welcome our competitors and visitors.”
This year, the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival and Canadian National Championship is scheduled to take place this summer from August 8th to the 10th. The event attracts thousands of spectators every year who enjoy the world-calibre competition and a variety of side-attractions at Kingston’s Grass Creek Park.
Release source: City of Kingston | Photo: Kingston Sheep Dog Trials website