(Photo: Michael Edminster)
Trailing of the Sheep Festival
When: Oct. 12–14, 2012
Where: Ketchum & Hailey, Idaho
Similar to the traditional "Almabtrieb" festivals in the Alps, when cattle are driven from their summer pastures in the mountains to the valley for winter, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates herds making their return to Sun Valley. The weekend highlight is the parade with 1,500 sheep trailing down Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho. Once the historical sheep wagons and colorfully dressed folk dancers pass by, you can join the parade and walk with families herding the sheep toward their winter pastures. The three-day event also includes a folklife fair, a fiber festival, music and dancing, culinary events, and the popular sheepdog herding trials.
Don't Miss: The Lamb Dine Around and Foodie Fest. Ketchum and Hailey chefs compete for the most creative lamb dishes, and visitors can sample them throughout the festival.