Dog Days of Fall: Sheepdog Trials

Park City’s really going to the dogs. Okay, I’ll stop with the awful canine puns, but people seriously like dogs in this town. This fall folks will have the opportunity to see some highly trained canine competitors in action and have a forum to strut their dolled-up pooches down Main Street.

Sheepdogs will run anything-but-wild during the annual Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship and Festival from August 31 to September 3. Very good—incredibly trained and eager—dogs will compete to see which can best dominate a herd of blockheaded, wooly animals. The festival also includes acrobatic and splash dog shows and sheepdog training demonstrations that will make you feel inadequate about what you’ve taught your own K9. Tickets and complete event listings are available online.

Ambitious dog owners who just know their own special little creatures are deserving of center-stage attention will gather at the top of Main Street on October 31 at 5:00 p.m. Elaborately-dressed mutts parade down Main Street during Park City’s traditional Howl-O-Ween celebration, much to the delight of onlookers who choose to ignore the embarrassed looks each dog wears with its costume.

2002 Soldier Hollow Ln., Midway,

Tony Gill
Tony Gill
Tony Gill is the outdoor and Park City editor for Salt Lake Magazine and previously toiled as editor-in-chief of Telemark Skier Magazine. Most of his time ignoring emails is spent aboard an under-geared single-speed on the trails above his home.

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