Sheepish Fun

Not every dog show is a collection of prancing, pampered purebreds being guided around a circle. Starting today and running through September 7, you can catch a different kind of dog showing off in the 22nd annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials. Forget the ribbons and shampoo — these dogs (border collies, for the most part) will use their instincts and training to do what sheepdogs are born to do: locate and herd sheep through rough terrain. It’s an exciting event for anyone who loves dogs or the ranching life, with 124 teams vying for more than $20,000 in prizes.

Alongside the main draw, there will be a variety of activities steeped in Colorado’s rich ranching/pioneer history, from saddle-making and weaving demonstrations to a petting farm, seminars on dog handling and an art contest focusing on sheepdogs and the event. You’ll also find vendors selling authentic handmade crafts; plenty of food including pancake breakfasts and BBQs; and horsedrawn-carriage rides from downtown Meeker.

Tickets for the five-day festival are $30 for adults, $15 for kids eight to sixteen; single-day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Leave the pets at home, but bring sunblock, lawn chairs and binoculars to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action. Get more info, including directions, by calling 1-970-878-0080 or visit
Sept. 3-7, 2008


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