The 2016 Sheep Folklife Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey
("Cash is King" for the many activities at the Fair!")

This popular Folklife Fair provides demonstrations of sheep shearing, displays of sheep wagons, Kid's Fluff craft activities, spinning and weaving demonstrations by regional and local artisans, and over 50 vendors selling their unique crafts and art.  

The Utah Wool Growers Association Exhibition Trailer will be onsite with an audio and visual display of sheep ranching in the West.

Don't miss the 5Bee Quilters Guild Quilt Show in the Armory.  Four bed turnings this year plus a room full of quilts.  Bed turnings will take place at 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Food for all by the 4-H Leaders Council plus the "Lamb Fest" - lots of scrumptious lamb dishes served by top chefs and local restaurants.

Music in the stage area begins at 10:30 and goes on throughout the Fair Day.

 1:00 p.m - 2:00  pm.   Books Signing at the Iconoclast Books booth with authors Carolyn Dufurrena, Fifty Miles from Home and Sharing Fencelines;  Pam Royes, Temperance Creek and Julie Weston, Basque Moon



In the case of bad weather, we will move inside to the Wood River High School on Fox Acres Road, in Hailey.


Music prevails at the Folklife Fair. There is something for young and old alike.

The Boise Highlanders - Bagpipers, Drummers, and Dancers

The Boise Highlanders, formed in 1961, is one of the oldest pipe bands in the Northwest. The Highland drums, often cited as the most complex form of snare drumming, complement the pipers. Dancers join the musicians performing the Highland fling and jigs. Pipers and drummers wear the Davidson tartan, while the dancers wear tartans of their choice. This popular group performs regularly throughout the region.

Peruvian Dancers and Musicians (formerly Latino X)

These Peruvian musicians have been playing together for several years performing Andean music and the contemporary dance music of Peru. Band members are: William Leon on drums and quena (flute); Victor Castillo on bass; Edwin Rojas on guitar and vocals; Teofilo Leon on mandolin; Rony Ayllon on keyboard; Rudy Isla on sampona; Roger Tacunan on drums, and Dante on guitar.

Oinkari Basque Dancers

The nationally acclaimed Oinkari Basque Dancers were started by a group of Boise Basque Americans after a trip to the Spanish Basque country in 1960. They began the dance group and called themselves Oinkari (a combination of "oinak" meaning "feet" and "arin" meaning "fast" or "light"). Today many dancers are the sons and daughters of those founders, carrying on the traditions of their ancient homeland. Musicians trained in traditional Basque music and its instruments accompany the dancers. They play Basque music of varying styles and rhythms using traditional instruments including the txistu, button accordions, accompanied by pandareta and other Basque instruments. The music they play could have been heard coming from a Basque hotel or boarding house in Hailey, Shoshone, or Boise over 100 years ago.

Siumni Polish Highlanders of North America

The Polish Highlanders of North America present the folk music and dance of their families, shepherds from the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland. Their dance is found only in this region of Europe. Their singing was once used to communicate from mountaintop pastures to valleys below. Now living in Chicago, the group keeps its distinct identity and traditions to pass on to its children.

For Children

A special activity booth featuring face painting, crafts, storytelling, carding with wool, coloring and lots of fun will be featured all day at the Fair. The Kid's Fluff program is directed by Kathi Kimball, 4H leader and staff expert from the University of Idaho/Blaine County Extension office. In addition, new workshops will be scheduled ALL DAY!