Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trailing of the Sheep Festival is on its way

Weekend will feature food, activities, events and sheep

Express Staff Writer

The 14th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 10.

Workshops on Friday will include Cooking with Lamb and fiber fest classes. For details and costs, contact the College of Southern Idaho at 788-2033. In addition, the Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum will have a presentation and open house on the history of sheep ranching in the West and the ranching heritage of the Wood River Valley at the Ketchum-Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum from 3-4:30 p.m.

An Art and Lamb Foodie Fest will feature lamb tastings from Wood River Valley chefs and restaurants, as well as local artists and photographers sharing their best sheep photography and paintings from 5-7:30 p.m.

This year's festival's Sheep Tales Gathering will feature Alisa Smith, author of "Plenty" and "100-Mile Diet." Smith will talk at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum from 7:30-9 p.m.

The Trailing of the Sheep Dog Trials will take place Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to dusk in Quigley Canyon. The Folklife Fair will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. New this year will be a fiber fest, children's workshops and Folklife Fair Lamb Feast. The Folklife Fair Lamb Feast will be a culinary feast prepared by the valley's best chefs and authentic Basque cuisine by Lisa and Mark Guerry.

Events on Sunday will include the History of Sheepherding at Starbucks on Main Street in Ketchum from 10 a.m. to noon and the Trailing of the Sheep Parade at noon, also on Ketchum's Main Street. A benefit Trailing of the Sheep Barbecue at Irving's Hill will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Sheepherder Hike will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. Meet at Ketchum's Forest Service Park. For more details, visit

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