Strang Ranch Sheepdog Trials host special showing of ‘Sweetgrass’ |

Strang Ranch Sheepdog Trials host special showing of ‘Sweetgrass’

CARBONDALE, Colorado – A showing of the film “Sweetgrass” this weekend will raise money for the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals at the Strang Ranch.

The film is described as “an unsentimental elegy to the American West.” The story follows the last sheepherders as they trail their flocks into Montana’s Beartooth Mountains for summer pasture.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.

Admission is $10.

The Sheepdog Trials, sponsored by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association, will be held Sept. 13-20 at the Strang Ranch east of town.

The trials feature more than 200 top qualifying border collies from the United States and Canada who will square off with Colorado’s range yearling sheep over eight days of competition to determine the 2011 National Sheepdog Champion and 2011 National Nursery Sheepdog Champion, along with a $40,000 purse.

The event will include a celebration of Colorado’s ranching heritage with a barbecue, crafts, live music, cooking, spinning and weaving demonstrations.

Sheepdog Championship passes are $40 for the whole week for adults and $20 for children 8-16 and seniors. Children under 7 are free. Daily tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 8-16 and seniors, and free for kids under 7.

Downtown Carbondale is joining in the festivities with two in-town events during the finals.

The Cowboy Up Carbondale western barbecue and street dance with Adam Ashley and the the Gunslingers with the Roundabout, benefitting the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, on the Fourth Street Plaza downtown. General admission $5, barbecue dinner $8.

A Local’s Appreciation Block Party, with a free barbecue and music by The Sirens, sponsored by the town of Carbondale and The Pour House, is set for 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, on Main Street in front of the Pour House.

Info:, 963-1890 or email

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