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Kingston's Sheep Dog Trials festival: dogs, sheep and side attractions

July 15, 2015 -

Plan to attend the 28th annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, an Ontario Top 100 Festival, from August 7 to 9 at Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2.

"The Sheep Dog Trials festival is a made-in-Kingston summer event that has become a favourite tradition for residents and visitors alike. Anyone who loves animals will love this festival – one of Ontario's top 100 events," said Mayor Bryan Paterson.

New this year you can find full event details by downloading the "Kingston Sheep Dog Trials" app – from your app store or at The website also has full event details.

The app offers a schedule of events – including details on riding the FREE shuttle – a festival site map and a SouvenirCam to help you frame and post your festival pics to Facebook and Twitter.

Also new this year:  get $5 off admission by buying tickets in advance through the app or online at ($10/person/day). Tickets at the gate are $15 per person. Kids under 12 are free.

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 craft and animal lovers. 

Visiting the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, beside the festival site, is also free with your admission during the three-day festival.

Dogs vs. Sheep at Grass Creek Park - 2993 Highway 2

Sheep Dog Trial enthusiasts will enjoy three full days of competition which pit North America's top handlers and hard-working border collies against Waupoos Island Sheep in Canada's largest timed sheep-herding Trials.

Attractions this year include:

  • Craft, artisans and vendor's fair
  • Sheep-to-shawl competition
  • Agility Connection
  • Rideau River Dog Dogs
  • Canine Adventure Lure Course/Health & Wellness Centre
  • Kingston K-9 Unit and Mounted Police
  • Bowmanville Zoo: Animal Encounters
  • Sheep shearing
  • Spinning and weaving

There's also face-painting for the kids and lots of on-site food vendors.

Accessible parking, seating and washrooms are available. Path mats are being placed to make areas more easily accessible.  Assistive hearing devices are being offered.

Take the Sheep Dog shuttle

Take the free Sheep Dog Trials Festival shuttle bus to Grass Creek Park. The bus departs from:

  • Toys R Us parking lot (corner of Midland Avenue and Princess Street) – 8:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Free parking is available at this location.
  • Kingston Memorial Centre, 303 York St. – 8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,  12:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Free parking is available at this location.

  • Marriott Hotel at King's Crossing, 101 Dalton Ave. –  8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. , 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. , 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Free parking is available at this location.
  • Grass Creek Park (returns to Kingston) – 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Find the full 2015 program and Trials' running order at

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.