The 2019 Sheep Folklife Fair

Saturday, October 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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, Kids' Fluff craft activities, spinning and weaving demonstrations by regional and local artisans, music and dancing by traditional performers, great food and beverages, and over 80 vendors selling their unique crafts and arts.
Admission to the Fair is free and promises fun for all ages.

            Our juried arts and crafts show requires vendors to offer handmade items made of wool, wool blends or items related to sheep such as soaps and lotions from lanolin, sheep cheeses or items that augment cooking with lamb. Great photography of sheep and ranch life, jewelry with sheep designs, knitting bowl pottery, items of the Basque and other cultures and more are offered at our day-long fair. 

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations by Sherrie Wilde, Tyler Wilde, Paula and John Balderson are every half hour from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Food by the 4-H Leaders Council features a large menu including breakfast burritos, hotdogs, chili, cookies, coffee, soft drinks and water. For those who are looking for great comfort food, they are the place to go to. 4-H has partnered for years with the Festival splitting the proceeds to benefit both groups.

Love lamb? We are now offering a full lunch during the Fair! Choose scrumptious lamb dishes created by top chefs and local restaurants.
Go to our Culinary section for more details!
Quench your thirst with wine and beer provided by Warfield’s.
Pepsi's soft drinks and water from Albertson's are available.

Special activity this year! Idaho Rangeland is bringing their new interactive display. See before for more details!

Music in the stage area begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues all day.
Each group takes the stage twice in rotation so stay a few hours and you'll hear them all!




A special activity booth "Kids' Fluff" 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! A few craft projects may cost $5 per child to cover supplies but many are free. The instructors are all teens active in 4-H.  


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We are excited to have the "I-Roam' youth educational trailer provided by the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission. This 18 foot long trailer is wrapped inside and out with images of a year on the rangeland and inside are interactive displays. The story begins with a puppy and follows it through a year. April Hulet of the University of Idaho, Boise, and Jackie Ingram, educational specialist with IRRC, will be on-site and available for questions.  


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, are 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. Many years ago, they created a special 'sheep' cover for their pipes in honor of the Trailing which they use only at our event.  Scottish immigrants were major contributors to the early sheep ranching operations in Idaho and the region. Bringing their experience from Scotland, they mostly started as herders and hands but several built their own sheep ranches. The Highlanders remind us of the Scottish influence.

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. Most members of this group are Wood River Valley residents. Many Peruvians came to Idaho to be sheepherders. After a majority of Basque sheepherders moved on to other jobs and careers, the Peruvians filled the ranchers' needs.  Even as many Peruvians, after time, also left sheepherding to become local businessmen or changed careers, many of today's sheepherders are Peruvian. These dancers share their culture with us to share the diversity of peoples who have added their influences on our industry and community.

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, daughters and grandchildren 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 and button accordions, accompanied by pandareta and other Basque instruments. The music they play could have been heard coming from a Basque hotel, boarding house or sheepranch in Hailey, Shoshone, or Boise areas over 100 years ago. The Basques first came to Idaho to work in the mines. Then, when the mines played out, they turned to sheepherding and they invited their friends and family. These people kept their heritage, unique language and traditions alive as shown in their dance and music. Idaho and other regions will find the Basques active contributors to their government and communities.

Dewey, Pickette & Howe

Enjoy them mid-day during this year's Folklife Fair!

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Dewey, Pickette, and Howe is a three-piece bluegrass band, based in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, that has quickly established itself as one of the top bands in Southern Idaho.  “Great song list,” “sharp arrangements” and “awesome harmony,” are just a few of the comments from fans at Dewey, Pickette, and Howe performances.

The roots of this band come not only from the traditional influences of Flatt and Scruggs, and Bill Monroe, but also the more contemporary sounds of John Hartford and Tim O’Brien.  With combined experience of over 100 years performing in bluegrass, cowboy, country rock and new acoustic bands, the members of Dewey, Pickette, and Howe blend it all into a fresh, distinctly Northern Rockies bluegrass sound.  On guitar and vocals is Gary Carlson, laying down the groove on the bass is Brad Hershey and on mandolin and vocals is Dave Muscavage.