An Orchid for the Trailing of the Sheep Festival


Preservation Idaho has chosen the Trailing of the Sheep Festival to be the recipient of the 2013 award for Cultural Heritage Preservation!  "Since 1996, this event has kept the spirit of Idaho alive by allowing modern Idahoans the opportunity to experience a slower pace of life and a connection to our agrarian roots," said Preservation Idaho President, John Bertram.  "We're honored," said board member, Joan Davies, who accepted the award on behalf of the Festival.

Another Top 10 Award for the Festival

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival was just notified that America the Beautiful,
United States of America Destination Marketing Agency, named the event, One of the
Top 10 Events in Idaho. This latest award follows many others over the years including MSN Travel's One of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World and USA Today's One of the Top Ten Animal Festivals in the World.

America the Beautiful has a website filled with information about special American destinations, events and Festivals. The organization reaches people from around the world and encourages them to visit America.

"We're thrilled," says Mary Austin Crofts, Executive Director of the Festival. "It is gratifying to be recognized for the hard work by our staff and volunteers. Preserving the traditions of Idaho is an important part of people's lives here. It is why we're so proud to call Idaho home."

Thank you Zions Bank!

A special and heartfelt thanks to Zions Bank for becoming the naming sponsor of the 17th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. "We are excited to partner once again with this premier cultural event honoring the arts, history and culture of the west," said Rob Brough, executive vice president of Marketing and Communications for Zions Bank.

Tess wins the 2012 Sheepdog Trials

Lavonne Calzacorda and Tess take the Trials! Over 50 of the most talented border collies in the U.S. competed over the Festival weekend. Beautiful weather, wild sheep and amazing dogs - a great time had by all. Thanks to Carson International, Inc. and John and Jane Anchustesgui for their sponsorship. Thanks to Lava Lake Lamb staff and sheep for some great challenges. To Judy McLean for directing. And, to Don Helsley for organizing. And, to the hundreds of volunteers. For the results, click here.

Trailing of the Sheep Festival Raffle features beautiful prizes!


This beautiful handmade quilt is just one of many prizes you could win when you buy a raffle ticket to support the 16th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. The quilt was handmade by Kathleen Etcheverry and Sue Berlin and is a work of art. The raffle also includes an miniature sheep wagon created by Kim Vader, Sheepskin slippers from Sheepskin Coat Factory, a Pendleton Blanket, BCRD fitness and Nordic package and much more. Tickets available at the Festival in numerous locations. Drawing is Saturday, October 13 at the Folklife Fair in Hailey. You don't have to be present to win. Tickets are $5.00.

Enjoy the Idaho Buckaroo Project during the Festival

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Thu, Oct 11-Fri, Dec 7. The Idaho Buckaroo Project documents the buckaroos and cowboys of the Great Basin. Featuring photographs by Andrea Scott alongside handmade examples of buckaroo gear: saddles, spurs, horsehair ropes, blankets and more. Join us for the Opening Celebration! Several of the artists will be present and project founder Andrea Scott will speak at 66pm. Singer-songwriter Jill Miller of Portland will perform songs about life on the range. Refreshments will be served. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey, 314 2nd Ave. S. (corner of 2nd and Pine, Hours: Thursdays, 2-5:30pm and by appointment.

Honor a remarkable woman in ranching

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Women Writing and Living the West will honor remarkable women and ranching anld you can be a part of it by donating to the gathering and having a remarkable woman in your life remembered.

Honor your special Mom, sister, friend or neighbor. We will add her name to the 'tribute' page in our conference program. Be sure to email us with a sentence or two about her life.

Painting to benefit the 15th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival

The "Trailing of the Sheep" painting, by artist RD Bentley, was unveiled at the BBQ. 100% of the sale proceeds of the original will benefit the Festival. Giclee prints are also available. Click here to email for more details. This painting donated by RD Bentley is available for viewing by visiting Zions Bank in Ketchum. The original painting can be purchased or a giclee can be ordered. The piece is a very special tribute to the Festival. E-mail Heather for more information. Proceeds benefit the Festival. Thank you, Bob!

Kickoff barbecue for the 15th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival a huge success!

Here is the article as printed in the June 29th edition of the Idaho Mountain Express. Thank you to so many for this unforgettable day!

Sheep Drive dazzles sold-out picnic
Express Staff Writer
Two thousand milling and leaping sheep made a surprise appearance at Sunday's picnic that raised money for the 15thyear of the Trailing of the Sheep festival, which will take place Oct. 7-9 in Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

The nearly 250 people who celebrated at the John and Diane Peavey family's Flat Top Ranch in the Little Wood Drainage looked on from tables safely away from the mob. As puffy white clouds drifted in a blue sky over expanses of wildflowers and spring-scrubbed sage, a gaggle of herders,dogs and grandchildren pursued recalcitrant sheep and drove them to the pens from which they were to be shipped the next day. This, said the Peaveys, is the continuation of a livelihood that has sustained human life with food and fabric for warmth for eons and has existed locally since the 1880s. This year, for the first time, the festival will explore the experiences of women on the ranches of the West. Diane Peavey is putting together panels of ranch women for storytelling and urged anyone with modern-day stories or historical diaries to contact her or festival organizers at or by phone at 720-0585. The family has protected most of Flat Top with conservation easements to ensure the co-existence of domestic livestock grazing with fragile sage grouse populations and the far-ranging antelope that migrate in a 140-mile arc from the desert outside Arco to the ranch, according to John Peavey. An obelisk that marks the place where the ranch's original homesteaders are buried overlooked the festivities, which were capped by the auction of a trip on the ranch's annual cattle drive across central Idaho's desert to the beckoning pastures of the Pioneer Mountains. Former Sun Valley Mayor Ruth Lieder, who once made the drive, said it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with great food and an opportunity to brush up on friendly poker skills with the ranch hands.

Today's shepherds are alone on the range at Christmas


12.2010, By Rick Hampson, USA TODAY
There were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them ...— Luke 2:8-9

CANYON COUNTY, Idaho— This Christmas they are out there still, watching their flocks at all hours, in snow, rain and fog, so we can eat our lamb and wear our wool. They are from places you might expect — the Peruvian and Chilean highlands, mostly — working in a place you might not, here in the USA. See more »

Dogs demonstrate their skills at Trailing of the Sheep

10.10.2010, KAREN BOSSICK/For the Times-News
HAILEY — Imagine trying to herd around five rowdy teenagers who are amped up on Red Bull. Now imagine herding five sheep who have spent the summer running free in Idaho’s rugged backcountry.

That’s the task Tess, a 35-pound champion border collie from Homedale, faced Saturday morning as she tried to show off her championship sheep herding skills during the Trailing of the Sheep’s two-day sheepdog trial. The trial started Saturday and concludes today. See more »



Event is a Ticket to Fun and to Critical Group Tourism Dollars
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum and Hailey, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2011 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that The Trailing of the Sheep Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

Smithsonian Exhibit on Journeys to Tour Idaho in 2010-2011

The IHC is bringing a unique Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit to six Idaho communities in 2010 and 2011 titled Journey Stories. Journey Stories will use engaging images, audio, and artifacts to tell stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society. The exhibit will visit the Boundary County Historical Society (Bonners Ferry), The National Oregon/California Trail Center (Montpelier), Blaine County Historical Museum (Hailey), Olde School Community Center (Fruitland), Jerome Public Library (Jerome) and the Hayden Branch Library (Hayden) between May 2010 and March 2011. See for more.