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Monday, August 25, 2014

Soldier Hollow Classic Sheep Dog Championship Runs Aug 21 – Sept 1

This video is a few years old, but provides a great
overview of the festival.
Have you ever seen well-trained sheep dogs in action? It is amazing to watch them take control of a flock of sheep, rounding them up and herding them into a corral.

Sheep dogs, other dogs and critters will be celebrated over Labor Day Weekend when Soldier Hollow hosts its annual Classic Sheep Dog Championship & Festival. Some of the best dogs from around the world are brought to Heber Valley to compete in the events.

Spectators enjoy watching the dogs work, watching other impressive animals, and participating in events.

Some other activities at the festival include:
  • Splash dogs – Where pets compete for distance, diving from a dock into a 40 foot pool. This is open to all dogs, from great danes to toy poodles.
  • Police K-9 dogs and their handlers.
  • Raptors - Earthwings brings exciting birds of prey: hawks, owls and falcons to the soldier hollow classic for both daily shows and 1-on-1 opportunities between their shows.
  • Native American rug show - for four days Linda Meyers and the good people from adopt a native elder, will bring you beautiful tapestries and the Navajo weavers who produce them.
  • Kid and family activities.
  • International food.
IFA Country Festival

The IFA Country Festival is held in conjunction with the Soldier Hollow Classic. It celebrates the products, activities and traditions of rural America. The festival provided this information:

This year the Soldier Hollow Classic's I.F.A. Country Festival will offer an even wider assortment of crafts, activities and demonstrations. Dozens of top artisans from throughout the west will offer a wide array of handmade products. Demonstrations will include weaving, spinning, sheepdog training and police K9 demonstrations. Our Navajo Rug Show, sponsored by Adopt-a-Native Elder, features finely woven traditional Navajo textiles and demonstrations by Navajo artisans. Families will also enjoy a wide array of animal demonstrations and activities including an the Earthwings Raptor Show, Wild Wonders Animal Show, and daily bagpipe performances by the Salt Lake Scots! See the daily schedules for days and times of individual performances.

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