Sheepdog Demonstrations
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There will be demonstrations of Border Collie Sheepdogs on both Saturday and Sunday. The demonstrations will demonstrate how Sheepdogs work in herding sheep. There will also be a Duck Herding Demonstration.

The handlers use voice and whistle commands to tell the dogs how to execute the different phases of work. Different tasks are performed emulating different phases of work that might be done on a farm with livestock.

Scottish Highland Cattle

Highland Cattle have endured for thousands of years in the rugged highlands of western Scotland. Easily identified by their long forelocks, thick, flowing coat of hair, and majestic upwardly-curved horns, making them a unique and beautiful animal. Traditional colors include black and red, as well as yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver.
These cattle have a long and distinguished ancestry. The Highland adapts and thrives in the bitter cold and snow of mountain conditions, and will also adapt to the southern hotter climates as they shed off their hair coat in the summer. They are an attractive beef animal to raise in any environment around the world.

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators

Kathy Hersey will be at the Festival both Saturday and Sunday. She will give presentations on wildlife and the work of Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators. She will also bring animals or birds for exhibit.

Every year an increasing number of wild animals are hit by cars, collide with buildings, and are electrocuted, poisoned, caught by pet cats, and suffer all sorts of civilization-related ills.

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators, Inc is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing medical care, educational programs, and information about living with our native wildlife.

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators is a Volunteer agency. If you would like to help by volunteering or by making a donation contact them through their web site.

Pet Policy

The Columbus Scottish Festival Committee wants the festival to be a family affair. We understand that pets are an integral part of many families. We want to continue to allow pet owners to bring their pets to the festival so we have developed these guidelines. Please follow the guidelines so that everyone (pet, pet owner and non-pet owner) may have a good experience at the festival. Thank you.

Pet owners are required to keep control of their pet(s) at all times. The Columbus Scottish Festival reserves the right to have any pet removed from the grounds for any reason the Festival personnel deem a danger, hazard or nuisance.

All visiting pets shall be on a leash, controlled by a responsible adult at all times. Leashes shall be no longer than 4 feet.

All pets shall be currently vaccinated.

Visiting Dogs are prohibited from the following areas; Sheepdog trial field, Shetland Sheep Show arena. NOTE: Well behaved dogs may be allowed in the stands for those events. However, the venue coordinator or judge may, at their own discretion, have any pet removed from the area for any reason.

Visiting owners are responsible for the immediate clean up and proper disposal of any and all animal waste produced by their visiting pet.

We are sorry, but no pets will be allowed at the Saturday evening Ceilidh.

Unruly or nuisance pets and/or their owners will be evicted from the festival grounds, and no refunds of any fees will be granted.

Absolutely no pets will be left in unattended vehicles or left unattended on the grounds by their owner or agent.

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For further questions: please contact Kevin Konetzka 812-546-6060 or

As required by law, registered Service Dogs are exempt from this policy.