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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

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


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