For one couple, this weekend at the Columbus Scottish Festival represents the dog days of summer.

Paul and Leigh Anne Tucker and their pooches have become as much a part of the annual celebration as plaid and pipers. For years, the pair from Willisburg, Kentucky, were part of the sheepdog trials competition.

But Saturday and Sunday, for the fourth year in a row, they will lead several up-close-and-personal sheepdog demonstrations at the 26th annual festival at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds in Garden City on County Road 200 South.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.