The 2013 Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival – which begins today and runs until Sunday, August 11 – celebrates its 26th season while once again being named a “Top 100 Event” by Festivals and Events Ontario.
Over 7,000 spectators are expected to visit throughout the 3-day festival held at held in Grass Creek Park located at 2993 Highway 2 (map).
“The Sheep Dog Trials, now in the 26th year, is an exciting event Kingstonians look forward to each year,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. “The Kingston Sheep Dog trials are the largest in Canada and consistently ranked one of Ontario’s top 100 events, and it’s right here in our backyard.”
As explained by the event: “The trials are our agricultural sport celebrating our connection with our urban neighbours. Visitors and handlers from all over the globe make Kingston their home for 3 amazing days of trials competition.”
Hard core Trial enthusiasts will enjoy three full days of competition, pitting North America’s top handlers and sheep-wrangling border collies against each other in Canada’s largest Sheep Dog Trials.
For people who are less familiar with the sport of trialing, a variety of side attractions are available to entertain visitors of all ages.
There will be a Craft & Artisans’ Fair, Sheep Shearing displays, Kingston Police K-9 Demonstrations, The Agility Connection, Bowmanville Zoo Animal Encounters, Rideau River DockDogs, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Face Painting and a children’s craft area. And new this year, the event has added camel rides!
The Trials run daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the side attractions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers a family day filled with exciting entertainment for only $10/person/day or $25 for a three-day pass. Kids under 10 are admitted for free.
A Sheep Dog Trials Festival shuttle bus is also available, and only costs a loonie ($1) each way with kids under 2 riding for free.
The bus departs from the Kingston Memorial Centre (303 York St.) at 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. It leaves from the K-Rock Centre (1 Tragically Hip Way) at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. sharp. The shuttle returns from Grass Creek Park at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Photo source: Kingston Sheep Dog Trials website