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Kingston Sheep Dog Trial includes new attractions

July 29, 2013 -

Plan to attend the 26th Annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials, an Ontario Top 100 Festival, from August 9 to 11 at Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2.

"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." 

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.

Hard core Trial enthusiasts will enjoy three full days of competition which pit North America's top handlers and sheep-wrangling border collies against each other in Canada's largest Sheep Dog Trials.

New attractions this year include Camel Rides and Animal Encounters courtesy of the Bowmanville Zoo; and the Dock Dogs demonstrations guaranteed to amaze and entertain you. Families and visitors can also look forward to recurring favourites, such as Kingston Police K-9 demonstrations and the Agility Connection. And, as usual, look for the large craft and artisans fair, sheep-shearing demos, spinning and weaving demonstrations, sheep-to-shawl competition, and interactive children's play area.

Take the Loonie Shuttle from Downtown

Interested in a sustainable way to get to Grass Creek Park? Take the Sheep Dog Trials Festival shuttle bus for only a loonie each way (kids under 2 ride 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. sharp. Or catch the shuttle at 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.

Find out more at www.CityofKingston.ca/events or go to www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com to find Trial results.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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