Border Collies, Sheep, food and oh, so much more

If you think the Soldier Hollow Classic is simply for shepherds then you would be mistaken. The classic is more than this, actually a whole lot more.

Hands down the main draw of the classic is to watch the handler and border collie become one as they masterfully guide the sheep through, over and around obstacles. It’s an amazing sight to behold to watch how all this is done with just the sound of whistles.

The classic is fun for the whole family. From kids young and old, there is always something new to take in. This year Mark Petersen, event director and founder, has added more things to see, taste and try.

Things to see

Fiber arts, pottery, jewelry, and leather crafts are just some of the great arts and crafts that will be demonstrated and display. Learn more about the Navajo culture and shepherding traditions as weavers and elders will be at the classic weaving beautiful rugs and tapestries.

Celebrate all things dog with the high-flying splash dogs, the K9 Kings Dog Show, and the agility dogs show. Each of these events show the remarkable abilities of man’s best friend. With multiple shows daily, take a moment or two to catch these dogs in action. You and your kids will have smiles on your faces as you watch these dogs play, jump and run for the crowd.

Does your dog have what it takes to compete in the splash dogs competition? Enter them in today here.

Things to Taste

Unlike traditional festivals that offer the same old burgers and fries, the Soldier Hollow Classic has the best “International Food Court” around. Vendors actually are vetted out so only the best food makes its way into the festival. You’ll be able to sample a host of flavors from around the world. Greek gyros and roasted lamb, Asian sliders, Mexican tacos and burritos, Britain’s classic fish and chips, the best of the west barbecue, Hawaiian home cooking, Canadian favorites, and the classic philly cheese steak. The best part is all vendors will offer kids meal for $5 or less. Feed the family and still have left over for the crafts.

Things to Try

Let the kids have a good time enjoying the many free games at the classic. There will be hula hoops, bean bag toss games, the lost sheep game, face painting, balloon artists, coloring contest (with free ice cream novelties to every entrant) and more. Even try milking the IFA cow for an old timey experience.

New this year

New this year are the Wild Wonders and Exotic Animal Show and Earthwings raptor exhibit. Wild Wonders features over 20 wilds and exotic rescued animals. This 45-minute show runs three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Earthwings is an up close and personal experience with some of the most amazing hawks, owls and falcons.

Also new this year to the classic is the Utah State Highland Championships. Celebrate more fun events and sport that have roots in the British Isles with the Highland Games Championships. You get to see the weight over bar, sheef toss, and the ever iconic caber toss.

The action starts Friday, September 1 at 8 am and runs through Monday. Get $2 off coupons at the Heber Valley Visitor Center at 475 N Main Monday thru Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

The Soldier Hollow Sheepdog is truly an international experience right here in Utah’s backyard. With so much to do at this year’s Soldier Hollow Classic, you’re going to want to stay the weekend. Book your lodging now as it will fill up. Check out our great options on our lodging page.

 

Original Article

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.