Festival Archives


2018
The 22nd annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 10-14, 2018

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

CUISINE

  • Two Farm to Table Dinners

  • "For the Love of Lamb" Tastings with 11 restaurants/caterers

  • Cooking With Lamb – 6 classes/chefs

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair- 6 restaurants/food trucks

  • Parade Picnic

  • Beneficiary of Taste & Craft

CULTURE

  • Encore Presentation – Screening: The Shepherdess of the Glaciers

  • Sheep Tales Gathering – Screening: Gaucho del Norte & Sheepherders With Cell Phones

  • Sheep Jam! featuring The Dusty 45s

  • Sheep Ranching Q&A

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

  • Photo Outing

SHEEP

  • Sheep in Parade- Faulkner Land & Livestock Sheep

  • Sheep at Trials – Flat Top Sheep Co.

SHEEPDOGS

  • 2.5 days of Championship Sheepdog Trials

  • 30 Vendors 

FIBER

  • Shibori Dyeing

  • Rug Hooking

  • Botanical Dyeing

  • Knitting

  • Cobweb Felting

  • Needle Felting

  • Taniko Finger Weaving

  • Drop-Spindle Spinning

  • Weaving

FAIR

  • 75 Vendors

  • The Boise Highlanders

  • Peruvian Dancers & Musicians

  • Oinkari Basque Dancers

  • Ruby Mountain Ardi Baltza

  • Sheep Camps

  • Sheep Shearing

  • Montana Wool Lab

  • The Story of Wool

  • The Story of Lamb

NEW: Sheep Art In Town Square

  • Music by Cindy & Gary Braun

  • Music by Gator Nation in partnership with Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival

  • 10 Vendors


2017
The 21st annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 4-8, 2017

Photo Credit: Mike Patterson

Photo Credit: Mike Patterson

Photo Credit: Terry Sanders

Photo Credit: Terry Sanders

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

Photo Credit: Carol Waller

CUISINE

  • Expansion to two Farm to Table Dinners

  • "For the Love of Lamb" Tastings with 10 restaurants

  • Cooking With Lamb – 6 classes/chefs

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair- 7 restaurants/caterers

  • Parade Picnic

CULTURE

  • Sheep Tales Gathering – Screening: The Shepherdess of the Glaciers

  • Sheepherders’ Ball featuring Micky & the Motorcars

  • Sheep Ranching Q&A

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

  • Photo Outing

SHEEP

  • Sheep in Parade - Faulkner Land & Livestock Sheep

  • Sheep at Trials – Flat Top Sheep Co.

SHEEPDOGS

  • 2.5 days of Championship Sheepdog Trials

  • 34 Vendors   

FIBER

  • Loopy Fringe Scarf

  • Beaded Weaving

  • Shibori Dyeing

  • Felting

  • Hand-Dyeing Yarns

  • Nuno Felting

  • Felted Soap

  • Turkish Drop Spindle

  • Cleaning Wool Fleece

FAIR

  • 66 Vendors

  • The Boise Highlanders

  • Peruvian Dancers & Musicians

  • Oinkari Basque Dancers

  • Polish Highlanders

  • Sheep Camps

  • Sheep Shearing

  • 5B Quilters Guild Quilt Show

  • The Story of Wool


2016
The 20th annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 5-9 2016
Celebrating Generations of Sheepherding in Idaho & The West

*Make A Wish Idaho, in partnership with the Festival, was able to grant the request of wish kid Shelby, age 20, to attend the 2016 Festival.  We were thrilled to grant it!

Photo Credit: Brittany Cole Bush

Photo Credit: Brittany Cole Bush

Photo Credit: Chris Corwin

Photo Credit: Chris Corwin

Photo Credit: Ned Wheeler

Photo Credit: Ned Wheeler

CUISINE

  • Farm to Table Dinner

  • "For the Love of Lamb" Tastings with 10 restaurants

  • Cooking With Lamb – 8 classes with 5 chefs

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair- 7 restaurants/food trucks

  • Parade Picnic

 

CULTURE

  • Sheep Tales Gathering – The Next Generation and the Future of Sheep Ranching in the American West

  • 20th Anniversary Concert & Sheepherders’ Ball featuring Hot Club of Cowtown

  • Sheep Tales & Readings of the Land

  • Sheep Ranching Q&A

  • Naturally Inspiring: The Story of Wool

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

  • Digital Storytelling

  • Photo Outing

SHEEP

  • Sheep in Parade- Faulkner Land & Livestock Sheep

  • Sheep at Trials – Flat Top Sheep Co.

SHEEPDOGS

  • Expansion to 2.5 days of Championship Sheepdog Trials

  • 29 Vendors

FIBER

  • Zapotec Dyeing & Weaving

  • Felted Soap

  • Thrummed Knitting

  • Tapestry Beading

  • Botanical Dyes

  • Nuno Felting

  • Spinning

  • Felting

  • Drop Spindle

  • Cleaning Wool Fleece

  • Shibori Dyeing

  • Wool Dyeing & Felting

  • Needle Felting

 

FAIR

  • 56 Vendors

  • The Boise Highlanders

  • Peruvian Dancers & Musicians

  • Oinkari Basque Dancers

  • Polish Highlanders

  • Sheep Camps

  • Sheep Shearing

  • 5B Quilters Guild Quilt Show

  • Utah Wool Growers Education Trailer


2015
The 19th annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 7-11, 2015
Celebrating Generations of Sheepherding in Idaho & The West

FIBER

  • Quilt Show

  • Fleece Competition and Wool Show

  • Zapotec Natural Dyeing Demonstration

  • Dyeing Yarns for Knitters & Weavers

  • Nuno Felt Scarf

  • Shibori Dyeing

  • Dyeing Yarn with Natural Plant Dyes

  • Drop Spindle Spinning

  • Making Felted Soap

  • Simple Wool Dyeing and Felting

  • Making a Wool Pillow

  • Needle Felted Miniature Animals

  • SHEEP

  • Sheep Parade

  • SHEEPDOGS

  • Championship Sheepdog Trials

 

 

CUISINE

  • 1st Farm to Table Dinner

  • "For the Love of Lamb" evening

  • Michel's Christiania presents Secrets of Cooking with Lamb

  • CK presents Classic Cooking with Lamb

  • Chef Jim Roberts at the Wood River Sustainability Center

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • Baxter Black says good-bye in April Peformance

  • The Magic of the Zapotec Hand - Afternoon Stories by Elena Gonzalez

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • "Life on the range" short Film with John and Diane Peavey

  • SHEEPHERDER'S BALL WITH THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN

  • "Basques in the West" Film by filmmaker Brent Barras - a documentary film about the Basque people and culture

  • "Away to Me" - Documentary Film following three national champion sheep dogs. A visually spectacular journey that is part travelogue, part human interest story and part sports movie.

  • What America is Made of - Sheeptales Gathering with Hank Volger

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk


2014
The 18th annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 8-12, 2014
Celebrating Generations of Sheepherding in Idaho & The West

CUISINE

  • Tom's Cooking with Lamb Secrets

  • Michel's Christiania presents Secrets of Cooking with Lamb

  • CK presents Classic Cooking with Lamb

  • Chef Jim Roberts at the Wood River Sustainability Center

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • An evening of storytelling featuring Hank Vogler

  • SHEEPHERDER'S BALL WITH THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN

  • Dan and Jeanne Carver - The Imperial Stock Ranch Wool Marketing Journey from commodity to product

  • How American Wool got into the Olympics

  • Basque Sheepherders - The End of an Era

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

FIBER

  • Fleece Competition and Wool Show

  • Knitted Flowers

  • Dyeing Yarns for Knitters & Weavers

  • Nuno Felt Scarf

  • Shibori Dyeing

  • Wild Hair Hats!

  • Dyeing Yarn with Natural Plant Dyes

  • Hand Wool Appliqued Table Runner

  • Drop Spindle Spinning

  • Making Felted Soap

  • Simple Wool Dyeing and Felting

  • Making a Wool Pillow

  • Needle Felted Miniature Sheep or Fox

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials


2013
The 17th annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 10-13, 2013
honored the Rich and Colorful History and Culture of Sheepherding in Idaho & The West

CUISINE

  • Chef Scott Mason and the authentic Italian Lamb Pizza

  • Chris Kastner and Classic Techniques for Cooking with Lamb

  • Chef Felix shares Basque Stories and Cooking Secrets

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • An evening of storytelling featuring award winning New York Times bestselling author, Mark Kurlansky

  • SHEEPHERDER'S BALL WITH THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN

  • Build Your Story with Mark Kurlansky

  • Basques in the West, documentary film

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

FIBER

  • Fleece Competition and Wool Show

  • Crocheting with Color

  • Natural Loom for Your Garden

  • Soap Making

  • Sun Print Fabric Square

  • Dyeing Yarn with Natural Plant Dyes

  • Christmas Treasure Cones

  • The Perfect Hostess or Girlfriend Gift - Knitted Linen Washcloths

  • Playful Wool Vessels

  • Needle Felted Miniature Sheep or Owl with Jane Jaqua

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials


The 16th annual Trailing of the Sheep, October 11 - 14, 2012
honored the Rich and Colorful History and Culture of Sheepherding in Idaho & The West

CUISINE

  • Chef Scott Mason and the authentic Italian Lamb Pizza

  • Chris Kastner and Classic Techniques for Cooking with Lamb

  • Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food

  • Basque style Family Dinner at CavaCava

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • WOMEN WRITING & LIVING THE WEST

  • SHEEPDERDER'S BALL WITH THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN

  • Basques in the West, documentary film

  • Linda Cortright of Wild Fibers presents: An evening of culture, music, dance and fiber from around the world

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

FIBER

  • Fleece Competition and Wool Show

  • Slipped Stitch Cowl

  • Easy and beautiful Plant Dyed Scarf

  • Added Value Arts and Crafts: How to make your handiwork pay and still enjoy it!

  • Back to Basics Spinning

  • It’s a Wonderful World Lap Quilt

  • Alpaca Yarns 5 Ways

  • Wet-Felted Scarf

  • Needle Felted Miniature Sheep

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials


The 15th Annual Festival, October 6-9, 2011
celebrated "Women of the West" a tribute to western women in Idaho and the west

CUISINE

  • Chef Scott Mason and the authentic Italian Lamb Pizza

  • Chris Kastner and Classic Techniques for Cooking with Lamb

  • Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food

  • Basque style Family Dinner at CavaCava

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • WOMEN WRITING & LIVING THE WEST

  • Sheep Tales Gathering

  • Baxter Black, Cowboy Poet and Entertainer

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

FIBER

  • Wool Show & Skein Competition

  • Colors to Dye For

  • Moebius Scarf

  • Spinning Wheel Care & Adjustment

  • Angora Rabbit Fiber: Spinning, Uses, and Art Forms

  • A Tale of Two Yarns

  • Needle Felting

  • Soap Making Made Simple

  • Basic Spinning 101

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials


The 14th Annual Festival, October 8-10, 2010
celebrated "Our History of Sustainability" and the people, cultures and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west.

CUISINE

  • Chef Scott Mason and the authentic Italian Lamb Pizza

  • Basque style Family Dinner at CavaCava

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • Alisa Smith, author of the bestselling books, The 100-Mile Diet and Plenty

  • Sheep Tales Gathering

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

FIBER

  • Juried Fleece competition and sale

  • Juried Skein competition and sale

  • Spinner's competition

  • Weaving on a Weighted Loom

  • Core Spun Yarn

  • Nuno felting class

  • Locker hooking

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials


The 13th Annual Festival, October 9-11, 2009
celebrated "The Wonders of Wool" and the people, cultures and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west.

CUISINE

  • Chris and Rebecca Kastner of CK's Real Food Restaurant will demonstrate how to make innovative lamb dishes

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

CULTURE

  • Hal Cannon is founding Director of the Western Folklife Center and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

  • Famous storyteller, Hank Vogler will also be here for the opening

  • Sheep Tales Gathering

  • Western writer and novelist, Richard Hooten, will debut his latest book, The Lamb Cart

  • Tamara Kubacki will present "Knit a Stitch - Spin a Yarn"

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

FIBER
College of Southern Idaho present a Fiber Arts Workshop, Felting: Sheep Shearing to Final Product

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials


The 12th Annual Festival, October 10-12, 2008
celebrated Songs and Stories of Sheepherding and highlighted the unique contributions made by the western sheepherders who worked and settled in the Wood River Valley of Idaho.

CUISINE

  • Chris and Rebecca Kastner of CK's Real Food Restaurant will demonstrate how to make innovative lamb dishes

  • Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair

  • Sheep Parade Barbecue

SHEEP
Sheep Parade

SHEEPDOGS
Championship Sheepdog Trials

 

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CULTURE

  • Friday night, we joined Hal Cannon, Rosalie Sorrels, Roy Kady, Saturday night's concert, "Our Story Continues," featured Hal Cannon, Brenn Hill, Francisco Colqui and Linda & Carolyn Dufurrena

  • John Bieter - Discussion on Idaho Basques

  • Tamara Kubacki - Knit a Stitch - Spin a Yarn, folklorist

  • Meg Glaser - Western Folklife Center, folklorist

  • Christina Barr - Western Folklife Center, folklorist

  • The Basque Community in Idaho, Discussion

  • Knit a Stitch, Spin a Yarn

  • Workshop: Gathering Your Stories, Preserving a Legacy: Oral History Workshop with Hal Cannon

  • Renowned western folklorist Hal Cannon will lead a workshop on how to preserve aspects of a legacy - joined by two staff members from the Western Folklife Center, Meg Glaser and Christina Barr.

  • Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House: The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley

  • Photography workshop with Michael Edminster and Jack Williams

  • History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley with local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher John Peavey

  • Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk