Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Who’s in the parade?

A sheep dog corrals the herd as it travels down Main Street during the 2009 parade. Photo by Mountain Express

The following entrants are participating in the 2010 Trailing of the Sheep Parade:

· Hilarie Neely and dancers from the Footlight Dance Centre carry signs to identify parade participants

· Color guard — Boy Scout Troop No. 192, Ketchum.

· Peruvian dancers & musicians of the Wood River Valley, former sheepherders, represent the contributions of the Peruvians to sheep ranching in the West.

· Alan Laudert/Lucero Sheep Camp pulled by Lawrence Edwards Team.

· The Oinkari (on-car-ee) Basque Dancers and musicians of Boise. They honor the contributions of the Basque people to the sheep industry and Idaho. The children accompanying the dancers and musicians are members of local Basque families.

· Kim and Kathy Vader's Idaho Sheep Camp pulled by Laura Studer and Blue Sage Farms Team.

· Polish Tatra sheep dogs. These beautiful, fluffy dogs are festival favorites and are one of the rarest dogs in North America.

· The Wonders of Wool—Black Stallions. Sara Patterson riding Imparable outfitted in fashionable wool clothing. Warm, natural, sustainable wool.

· The Polish Highlanders of North America present the folk music and dance of their families, shepherds from the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland. Now living in Chicago, the group keeps its distinct identity and traditions to pass on to its children.

· Boise Highlanders bagpipers, drummers, and dancers honor the Scottish families that were among the first to run sheep in Idaho.

· Darby Northcott and her pet sheep help lead the sheep with the Peavey family.

· The Peavey family and friends leading the sheep.

· Father Ken Brannon, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, blesses the sheep

· The sheep—we expect 1,500 sheep from the Flat Top Sheep Co. near Carey, with John and Diane Peavey and family.

· Those wishing to test their herding skills—trailing behind, moving the sheep down the valley towards winter home.


· Please, please, don't bring dogs to the parade.

· Don't jump into the middle of the sheep.

· Don't walk through the sheep. Stay behind them.

· Do look for a volunteer or Peavey family members if you spot a problem. Do help the volunteers and parade officials by following their advice. Do bring children but keep them with you at all times.

· Do take pictures but only from the side of the parade route. If you want to join in the walk, join in at the end.

· Do enjoy the experience. This is not Pamplona. These are not bulls, but sheep and they won't hurt you if you keep your feet from under theirs. Enjoy the parade!

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