ZIONS BANK presents
2014 Sheep Folklife Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. In case of very bad weather, we will move inside to the Wood River High School on Fox Acres Road, Hailey.

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.

Hot Club of Cowtown
Sizzling hot jazz and western swing. These talented musicians tour the world and will be here for a preview performance during the Folklife Fair.  They will be featured at the Sheepherders Ball Saturday evening. See more >

For Children
A special activity booth featuring face painting, crafts, storytelling, cadding with wool, coloring and lots of other fun. Children will learn about sheep shearing, where their wool clothing comes from, see sheep wagons and more. 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!
About the Folklife Fair
This popular Folklife Fair provides demonstrations of sheep shearing and sheep herding with stock dogs, displays of sheep wagons, crafts for children, spinning and weaving demonstrations by regional and local artisans and traditional Basque food with lots of scrumptious lamb dishes served by top chefs and restaurants.

Other attractions include vendors of various cultures selling their unique crafts and art, spinning and weaving demonstrations and Children's Craft Center. Don't miss the Quilt show featuring the 5Bee Quilters Guild.

All your favorites are back this year! Fabulous chefs from the Valley's best restaurants will have lamb delicacies and Basque cuisine, there will be sheep shearing and herding with dogs, sheep camp displays and the performances of the Basque, Scottish, Peruvian and Polish musicians and dancers. You can shop at a variety of sheep and wool craft booths and let your children enjoy the Children's Corner.

© 2014 The Trailing of the Sheep Festival • P.O. Box 3692 • Hailey, Idaho 83333 • 208.720.0585 • info@trailingofthesheep.org