Meeker Sheepdog Championships runs 5 days beginning Sept. 8

Watching handlers and sheepdogs move a group of sheep with skill can be quite amazing and entertaining. See for yourself from Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 8-12, at the Meeker Sheepdog Championship Trial in Meeker.

The Meeker Sheepdog Championship Trials offer much more than five days of herding competitions and a $20,000 purse.

The 24th annual event is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 8–12, west of downtown Meeker off Colorado Highway 13.

Handler and dog teams from across the United States, Canada, Europe and South Africa will compete as their dogs — often border collies — test their skills in maneuvering sheep in a calm, controlled manner through the course.

Visitors to the event can browse the daily craft fair and food booths and see demonstrations by top stock dog handlers, spinners, weavers, felters and saddle makers. One of the demonstrations will feature border collie puppies learning to herd by rounding up ducks.

There will be a petting farm, sheepherder’s wagon, service and therapy dogs, art contest and silent auction.

Entertainment includes a bagpiper Friday through Sunday and the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band performing a free outdoor concert Saturday night.

A free shuttle will travel from historic downtown Meeker to the event site.

Five-day passes are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 8–16 and seniors. A single-day pass is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 8–16 and seniors. Ages younger than 8 are free.

Call 878-0111 or go to http://www.meeker for information.


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