Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Under the sun, a wild & woolly weekend

Sheep, musicians, dancers and dogs come together for fall classic

Thousands of spectators came out over the weekend for the 15th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, the Wood River Valley's autumnal celebration of its sheep ranching heritage. During the highlight of the event, the Trailing of the Sheep Parade on Sunday in Ketchum, one of the woolly critters tried to show that it was one head above the rest, top. In Quigley Canyon near Hailey, the nation's top trainers, including 2010 national champions Patrick Shannahan and his dog Riggs—of Caldwell, Idaho—competed in the Sheep Dog Championship Trials, with numerous dogs and owners showing off their herding techniques, above. At the Folklife Fair in Hailey on Saturday, the Polish Highlanders of Chicago entertained with music and dancing, below. In the big parade, Max Keller, from McCammon, Idaho, showed off his classic sheepwagon pulled by his horse team of Dollie and Fred, bottom.

Express photos by Willy Cook

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