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Community Spotlight - Trailing of the Sheep Festival


Posted: September 20, 2021 by Lauren Burson

It’s starting to look like fall in the Wood River Valley - the temperatures have dropped, the smoke has cleared, and the leaves are starting to change. The first day of fall signals it is almost time for one of the most anticipated festivals that Ketchum has to offer - The Trailing of the Sheep Festival! This iconic festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and will take place October 6-10. 


This amazing festival has so many unique components, but we will highlight just a few here. First up are the Farm to Table Dinners and Lamb Cooking Classes, which feature local lamb and other menu items. Local chefs lead the classes throughout the valley and the dinners take place at Al’s Wood River Sustainability Center in Hailey. These events sell out quickly, and this year is no exception. Add your name to a waitlist today for your best chance at a last-minute opening. 


Next is the popular Folklife Fair, which provides sheep shearing and other demonstrations, kids’ crafts and activities, traditional music and dancing, food and beverages, and various artists showcasing their items for sale. The Fair will take place this year at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October 9.


The grand finale of the festival is the Big Sheep Parade on Sunday, October 10 at noon. Gather in Downtown Ketchum to see an authentic trailing of 1,500 sheep down Main Street as part of their annual winter migration. The parade also includes historic sheep wagons and participants from the Folklife Fair. This is not to be missed! 


Come see a part of Idaho’s living history!  We are so grateful for the Trailing of the Sheep Festival and the work they continue to do to share these traditions with the community and visitors from across the country. Join us for an amazing festival weekend in beautiful Ketchum, ID. For more information, please visit trailingofthesheep.org.

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