ANNUAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS THIS WEEKEND IN GANANQUE AREA

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

Gananoque, ON

Friday to Sunday, Aug. 6-8 in Grass Creek Park (between Gananoque and Kingston at 2991 Hwy. 2) - has been named a Top 100 Ontario Event for the second year in a row.

PENRITH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Sheep dog Jane waits her turn during the International Sheep Dog Trials on September 11, 2009 in Penrith, England. Top handlers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed in front of crowds, that included Princess Anne, for the 15 places in Sunday's Supreme Championship at Lowther Estate, Cumbria.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

First held in 1988, the Sheep Dog Trials is largest event of its kind in Canada attracting more than 140 competing dogs and handlers and 8,000 spectators. This year, Jennifer Clark-Ewers from San Diego, California and Frank Cashen from the U.K. will be judging the event.

PENRITH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Shepherd Dennis Birchall of Ireland waits his turn during the International Sheep Dog Trials on September 11, 2009 in Penrith, England. Top handlers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed in front of crowds, that included Princess Anne, for the 15 places in Sunday's Supreme Championship at Lowther Estate, Cumbria.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

In addition to the dog versus sheep herding action of Sheep Dog Trials themselves, this year's three-day event will also feature:

1000 Island Dock Dogs is a series of performance contests for dock-diving dogs who can win in the Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog competitions (see www.1000islandsdockdogs.com for details on how to enter your dog).

The Agility Connection featuring dogs running through an agility course and activities including steeplechase, snooker, and team relays.

Ready, Set, Go Flyball Team (Saturday and Sunday only). Dog and trainer teams perform jumps, hurdles and manoeuvre the spring-loaded box that releases the ball.

Back again this year are:

The Birds of Prey Show;
Young Sheep Dog Training demos;
Sheep shearing demonstrations;
The Sheep to Shawl competition;
Spinning and Weaving demos by Kingston Spinners & Weavers Guild;
A shawl auction; 
Craft & Artisan Fair;
The Kingston Police K-9 Unit;
face-painting;
the Success by Six Play Corner;
crafts, post-card and mural-making;
pony rides and a petting zoo.

Portrait of a family of sheep

The border collie championship trials run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and the Trials' many other attractions run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Admission  is $10 a day or $25 for a three-day pass. Kids 10 and under get in free.

A schedule of events may be found at www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/recreation/events/sheepdog/activities.asp.

There's plenty of on-site parking (including accessible parking), accessible washrooms, and food vendors will be offering BBQ, baked goods, kettle corn and cotton candy.

Free shuttle buses from downtown Kingston:

Departing from the Kingston Centre, near corner of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and Bath Road, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.;

Departing from the K-Rock Centre, 1 Barrack St., at 9:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.;

and departing from Grass Creek Park at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  

Girl feeding goat

There will also be FREE admission to Maclachlan Woodworking Museum on the Saturday and Sunday of the Trials.  The museum is located at the entrance of Grass Creek Park. With over 11,000 tools for woodworking and related trades, five galleries and an interactive children's exhibit, the museum is a great place to explore.

- Guided tours: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
- Blacksmithing demonstrations: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Children's hands-on activities: Making a cedar shake - 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Creating woolly crafts - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- In-house musicians' informal jam session: 2 p.m. on Saturday. Bring your instrument and join in! Children can make their own percussion instruments.

For more information call 613-542-0543 or visit www.cityofkingston.ca/museum

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Susan, it sure sounds like lots of fun.  I went to a weiner dog show/competition before, it is so cute to see all those little dogs/owners competing with each other.

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Rita - that would be cute!   I have clients who have just adopted a rescued weiner as a playmate to their 2 year old.  They are adorable together even tho I cannot tell them apart!   Thanks for stopping by today!

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This should be a fun weekend in the 1000 Island area (but aren't they all fun in the Summertime). Always so much to do around Kingston.

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So true!  Everyday is a holiday in the 1000 islands - come on down!

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