Photo by Michael Edminster
This time of year, sheep cultures around the Northern Hemisphere bring their animals down from summer pastures in the high country. The annual ritual is often accompanied by celebrations of cultural heritage, food and music.
The Wood River Valley’s 18th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival takes place Oct. 9-12, celebrating a region that used to be one of the largest wool-producing areas in the U.S. For more than 150 years, sheep have been a part of Blaine County history.
This year, the festival begins a three-year program called “Celebrating Generations,” during which participants will be invited to share stories from the West. Ranching families will be attending from around the West to share their stories and help trail the sheep through the Wood River Valley.
Join the fun at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival; it is living history.