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Your Weekend: At Utah’s Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic, a bunch of very good boys

Hide your sheep: a canine classic returns to Midway

Cley works the sheep during the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic at Soldier Hollow on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The following things are back in town: sheepdogs, Sting and 10,000 golf balls. That might seem confusing, but stick with us here.

Utah’s Labor Day weekend events include the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic, Sting in concert with the Utah Symphony, and Park City’s annual Running of the Balls. If that doesn’t grab you, there’s also the Sugar House Big Backyard Bash and a beautifully restored version of the Oscar-winning “Lawrence of Arabia.” Read on.

Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic

You’ve got a long weekend ahead of you — better start things off with sheepdogs chasing livestock. The Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic returns to Midway, where it’s been hosted since 2003. Watch some of the most well-trained sheepdogs in action, as well as exotic animal shows and all kinds of unique vendors. (A reminder: spectator dogs aren’t allowed. Spectator humans are encouraged.) Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 2002 W. Soldier Hollow Ln., Midway; $6-$14 for individual tickets, free for ages 5 and under, $45-$50 for family passes (soldierhollowclassic.com).

The Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic is Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Midway.
The Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic is Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Midway.
Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Championship

Sugar House Big Backyard Bash

Art, food trucks, cornhole, fishing, log rolling. It’s all there at the Sugar House Big Backyard Bash. Let’s keep these summertime neighborhood festival vibes going as long as we can. Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fairmont Park, 1049 E. Sugarmont Dr.; free (sugarhousecouncil.org).

Sting with the Utah Symphony

Sting knows music, and he knows environmentalism. He’ll be doing both at USANA Amphitheatre on Saturday. The former Police frontman joins the Utah Symphony to raise funds for the Zion Forever Project, which focuses on programs and projects that the National Park Service’s budget doesn’t cover. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; USANA Amphitheatre, 5150 Upper Ridge Rd., West Valley City; $35-$800+ (smithstix.com).

‘Lawrence of Arabia’

The 1962 cinema classic “Lawrence of Arabia” comes to select theaters Sept. 1 and 4 — and this version looks better than any version you’ve seen before. These screenings will present the film in 4K resolution, expertly restored from the 65mm original negative. It also includes remastered 5.1 audio and the original overture and intermission — since the movie is over 3 1/2 hours, you’ll need it. Sept. 1, 1 p.m.; Sugarhouse Movies 10 (2227 S. Highland Dr.), Salt Lake City 16 (125 E. 3300 South), Cinemark West Valley City & XD (2573 S. 5370 West); prices vary (fathomevents.com).

Running of the Balls

The annual Park City Miners’ Day is back, and the Running of the Balls is a sight to behold. Hosted by the Park City Rotary Club, the event launches 10,000 yellow golf balls down Park City’s Main Street. The balls are numbered, and those who purchase the fastest balls will win season ski passes, dinner coupons and more. Funds from ball purchases go toward various Park City nonprofits. Sept. 2, 10 a.m.; Main St., Park City; free to attend, ball prices vary (parkcityminersday.org).

Thousands of golf balls for charity roll down Main Street as the Park City area celebrates the Annual Miner’s Day and the “Running of the Balls” along with other Labor Day celebrations Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Park City.
Thousands of golf balls for charity roll down Main Street as the Park City area celebrates the Annual Miner’s Day and the “Running of the Balls” along with other Labor Day celebrations Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Park City.
Tom Smart, Deseret News