Sheep Dog Trials return to Grass Creek Park with admission by donation

July 19, 2023

The Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival presented by Subaru of Kingston returns to Grass Creek Park Friday, Aug. 11 and runs to Sunday, Aug. 13 with tons of family and pet-friendly fun! Learn more about the festival at the City of Kingston website.
“Plan to enjoy this unique rural, summer festival with family and friends. See border collies herd sheep in timed trials and take in our many great festival attractions at beautiful Grass Creek Park on the shores of the St. Lawrence,” said Emily Matpan, Assistant Supervisor of Special Events. “To welcome back the festival and its guests, all admission fees have been waived for 2023 and replaced with admission by donation. There are no tickets required for this family-friendly event.” 

Schedule of events
Presented by Subaru of Kingston, the sheep dog trials run daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023. The festival attractions will be held over the course of the weekend and include a wide variety of activities and demonstrations, including:  

  • Market vendors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with various wares for both dogs and their owners.
  • Local food vendors with great eats and sweet treats.
  • ATM On-site.
  • Dog Agility Shows with Absolute Agility: Three shows daily (times TBD)
  • Horse-Carriage Racing on the Trial Field: Saturday only, at the lunch break (Approx. 12 p.m.)
  • The beach and boat ramp will be open.
  • Utilities Kingston water buggy - bring your refillable water bottle.
  • Sheep to Shawl demonstrations and Silent Auction - Demo timings TBD, the silent auction will take place on Sunday.
  • Kingston Sheep Dog Trials tent with run sheets and lots of merchandise options.
  • Lots of free parking on-site.
  • And much more! 

The City reminds festivalgoers that if they plan to bring their dog along, please be sure to keep them on a leash while roaming the grounds, and don’t forget your sunscreen and refillable water bottle for the Utilities Kingston water buggy. 

Grass Creek Park is located at 2991 Highway 2, adjacent to the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum.

Accessible parking, drop-off areas, and portable washrooms will be available. Contact Emily Matpan at if you have questions regarding accessibility.

Grass Creek Beach will be open. The dog park will be closed to the public from August 7 until August 15 to present the festival.
Learn more about the festival on the Sheep Dog Trials website.
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