Conceived in 2010 as a top-notch herding competition and a means to a humdinger of a community fundraiser, the Vashon Sheepdog Classic celebrates its 9th year June 7-10 at Misty Isle Farms. When the dust settled after 2017’s trials featuring a keynote by animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin, over $20,000 was gifted to ten island youth organizations and nonprofits. One was Vashon Maury Community Food Bank, which will be the sole beneficiary of 2018’s opening day, Thursday, June 7.
The first day of the trials is a soft event opening with vendors setting up, and Nursery and Pro–Novice class dogs competing. Young and less–experienced dogs and their handlers compete between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Only two food vendors will be open Thursday, but they are good ones: Midlife Crisis Farm and Orca Eats will operate mid-morning through 5:00 p.m. Admission at the gate is “pay what you can” with all proceeds benefiting the Food Bank.
Many island residents are depending on Vashon Maury Community Food Bank more than ever due to the rising cost of living on the island. Distribution hours are every Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:00–7:00 p.m. plus 10:30–11:00 a.m. for seniors and people with disabilities. The Food Bank is located at 10030 SW 210th Street behind the Neighborcare Health Center at Sunrise Hill. If you are in need, all you have to do is show up during distribution times!
Food donations can be made any time at the Food Bank donation shed, and checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 1205 Vashon, WA 98070. If you are a vegetable gardener, don’t forget you can donate your overabundance of produce. VMCFB is proud to provide islanders with locally grown, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
So beat the sheepdog crowds! Come out to Misty Isle Farms on Thursday, June 7 to support budding talent on the herding circuit, enjoy a delicious lunch or snack, take in the majestic, rolling hills of Misty Isle, and support Vashon Maury Community Food Bank with your cash or check donation for admission to the field.