(Photos by John de Groen).

(Photos by John de Groen).

Counting sheep and record crowds

Spectators, dogs and sheep took to Misty Isle Farm for the annual Sheepdog Classic last weekend.

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:15pm
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The tenth annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic drew about 6,200 people to Misty Isle Farms June 6-9 for another memorable weekend praised by spectators, handlers and organizers alike.

“The crowd was great,” said organizer Maggi McClure. “We’ve got it dialed in over the years. It was a great turnout.”

Both Saturday and Sunday were sold out according to spokesperson Tara Morgan, with a number of standout performances from those participating in the trials. Fernando Loiola Alves, who is originally from Brazil and is now based in Silvana, Washington, won the overall competition with his dog, Nex. There were 61 handlers from off-island in all, traveling to Vashon from as far as British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Minnesota, California, Nevada and Georgia.

The Sheepdog Classic is host to the popular Fiber Arts Village, now a part of the event’s tradition, where area artists displayed their crafts and wares.

At press time, a tally of the amount raised benefiting island causes was not yet available, but that information will be released in the upcoming days. McClure said it was one of the best years for vendors.

“Thank you to all our supporters and sponsors who braved the crowds to celebrate with us,” she said.

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