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Sheep Dog Trials Festival takes “Top” honour!

March 5, 2014 -

For the seventh year in a row, Kingston's Sheep Dog Trials Festival has been named one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals and Events.

"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," says Jaclyn Grimmon, Manager, Recreation Programs.

Dave Young, President of the Canadian Border Collie Association (CBCA) and a long-time competitor and volunteer at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival wasn't surprised by the news.  "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!"

The 2014 Top 100 Awards were given out on Saturday, March 1 during the Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) Annual Conference in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Dog vs. Sheep Starting August 8

Kingston has also been chosen by the Canada Border Collie Association to host the Canadian National Championships this year.

"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."

Mark your calendar for the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival and Canadian National Championship set for August 8, 9 and 10. The Trials regularly attract several thousand spectators to enjoy the world-calibre competition and many exciting side-attractions at Kingston's Grass Creek Park on a summer weekend.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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