Big Sheep Parade
Trailing of the Sheep Parade with Faulkner Land and Livestock Sheep
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Main Street, Ketchum, 12:00 Noon!
(NO DOGS PLEASE)
Join an authentic trailing of the sheep down Ketchum's Main Street as part of their annual migration to winter pastures. 1,500 sheep parade down Ketchum's Main Street with sheep ranching family members and herders headed south. The hosts of this year's sheep for the Parade are the men and women of Faulkner Land & Livestock. John Faulkner, a third-generation sheep rancher, first with his father and two brothers and now with his sons, Mike and Jack, has run the sheep operation since 1956. They are assisted by Sheep Manager John Etchart. It has been headquartered in Gooding, Idaho since 1933. Most of Faulkner's sheep run in the Smokey Mountains at the head of the South Fork of the Boise River, in the hills behind Featherville and Fairfield and through the Wood River Valley north into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The parade includes historic sheep wagons and participants from the Folklife Fair, each identified by sign-bearing dancers from the Footlight Dance Centre.
Parade Etiquette...…Thank ewe for obliging!
The mix of wary animals and curious spectators is always an adventure. Help make the experience fun and successful by following important parade etiquette.
This is not a reenactment of an historic event. This is Idaho living history. We hope you will join us!
- No dogs are allowed at the parade for the sake of the sheep and the safety of spectators. Please leave your dog at home or in the car.
- Stay on the curb at all times! If you step into the street, others along the route can’t see and if the sheep see a funnel ahead, it will spook them. It is for YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF THE SHEEP AND ANIMALS.
- Don't jump into the middle of the sheep - even for that perfect photograph. It will frighten the sheep.
- Don't walk through the sheep. Stay behind them.
- Do look for a volunteer or Faulkner family member if you spot a problem.
- Always follow the advice and instructions of volunteers and parade officials. They are there for your safety and the safety of the sheep.
- Do bring children but keep them with you at all times.
- Do take pictures but only from the side of the parade route.
If you want to join in the walk, join in at the end.