The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival is a Blast!

One of Lake Norman’s best-known dog events returns this November! The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and dog festival are a blast and will take place November 11th and 12th. Rural Hill in Huntersville will host the event this year. The event will feature the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs and the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club. Most of all, this event is loads of fun for the whole family. Bring your furry friend out to this year’s Rural Hill Sheepdog trials and dog festival for a howling good time!

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This year’s Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival is packed with fun activities!

From the time the gates open at 10:00 am, this fun event will feature agility trials, dock dogs, and dog sports demonstrations. While you are able to bring your dog to the trials, they will not be able to accept new entrants. Gates close at 5:00 pm both days.

Especially relevant is that this event is celebrating its 21st year. The festival is more than just dog trials and competition. There is something for every member of the family. From hay rides and crafts to cooking and living history demonstrations, you will find yourself busy the whole day! And don’t forget to bring your old pumpkins in for some Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ fun. You will have the opportunity to catapult your pumpkin as high as 40 feet into the air and watch it fall to the ground in a big splat!

Another way to enjoy the event is to come hungry. Many food vendors will be on hand with items to purchase. Fair food like funnel cakes, hot dogs, and also kettle corn and burgers will be sold. A bake sale will be on site selling locally made baked goods. Guests 21 and over can get a wristband and drink local North Carolina beer and wine. Highland Brewing and Shetland Vineyards will both be represented. Since Historic Rural Hill Inc. is a non-profit organization, all profits will return to them.

Tickets to the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and dog festival can be purchased online or day of at the gate. It is free for children ages 0-4, $7.50 for ages 5-12 and adults are $11.00.

Make a weekend out of it and stay with us here at Davidson Village Inn!

Just a short drive from where the dog festival is held in Huntersville is our beautiful B&B. Because Davidson Village Inn is tucked away from the business of the downtown area, you are sure to have a relaxing and peaceful getaway. The Inn is home to 18 guest rooms, all equipped with private bathrooms stocked with luxurious Turkish bamboo towels and Greenwich Bay bath amenities. While you’re here, there is no need to worry about grabbing breakfast in the morning. We offer all guests a breakfast buffet including locally made baked goods, cereal, yogurt, eggs, cheeses, and also fresh fruit and juices. The most important thing on our buffet is probably the hot coffee from local favorite Summit Coffee. A hot cup of coffee seems like the perfect way to start the morning.

Finally, don’t hesitate to make a reservation with us. We have a room waiting just for you. Let us pamper you for the weekend!