At the turn of this century, a dream was born.
Holding sheepdog trials on Vashon was a dream realized over fourteen years ago by a group of Vashon Island handlers who valued the rural life and sharing their lives with animals--especially with Border collies. Through a lot of work, dedication and having fun, their vision became a reality. With tremendous support from the Vashon community, in particular the generous hospitality of the Sestrap family of Wax Orchards and, later, from the late Tom Stewart, his family and organization at Misty Isle Farms, they were able to launch the first Vashon Island Sheepdog Trial in 2000.
Time passed and many of the first guard of the Vashon Island trials moved away and the trials faded out. Others of the first guard continued to love and practice the sport informally.
Then came Maggi McClure, a member of the sheepdog community and a regular competitor at the early Vashon trials. Maggi dreamed of bringing the trials back to the island. Together with a small group of island sheepdog enthusiasts, businesses and community volunteers Maggi decided to work to rekindle the event and invite the public to join in. They revived the sheepdog trials in 2010, bigger and more fabulous than before, and established a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for island youth.
The Fiber Village was the natural progression of the Vashon Sheepdog Classic. With the help of our island fiber community and the vision of Myra Willingham the Fiber Village has grown into a festival complete with an interpretive booth with The Story of Wool, many fiber vendors, a spin-in, and demonstrations happening throughout the weekend.
The Vashon Sheepdog Classic is now entering its 9th year.