Kent Phelan Photo

Kent Phelan Photo

Sheepdog trials and fans undeterred by rain

The ninth annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic met under sometimes stormy skies and hard rain last weekend, but that did not stop organizer Maggi McClure from calling it a “spectacular” event.See page 32 for photos and more information.

The Sheepdog Classic drew about 7,500 people to Misty Island Farm field Friday through Sunday, and the event drew praise from participants, organizers and spectators.

“I feel like it was the most succesful year ever,” said organizer Maggie McClure. “In terms of organization and pre-ticeketed sales, everything flowed really well.”

Saturday sold out, McClure said, and Sunday, with the worst weather, was also well attended. Additional spectators watched the dogs and sheep on Thursday, before the event got fully underway and the youngest dogs were running.

The overall winner of the event was Joe Haynes with his dog Pepper from Arlington, Washington.

Now part of the event’s tradition, there was plenty to do in addition to watching the trials themselves, including out a host of fiber arts in the Fiber Arts village.

The organizers did not have a chance to tabulate how much they brought in before press time.

On Monday, McClure extended her appreciation to islanders.

“I want to thank Vashon for supporting the event and watching the dogs work,” she said.

Maggi McClure (Courtesy Photo)

Maggi McClure (Courtesy Photo)

Kent Phelan Photo

Kent Phelan Photo

Kent Phelan Photo

Kent Phelan Photo

Kim Farrell Photo

Kim Farrell Photo

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