Sheep Tales & Readings from the Land
by prominent Western Writers
Carolyn Dufurrena & Pam Royes

Thursday, October 6, 2016  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Community Library, 415 Spruce Avenue, Ketchum
No charge

Carolyn Dufurrena is an author, poet, film-maker and award-winning journalist from rural northwestern Nevada.  She is a regular contributor to RANGE Magazine, and was Outside Editor for C.J. Hadley’s Reflections of the West: Cowboy Painters and Poets as well as Brushstrokes and Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West, which received the Wrangler Award for Best Poetry Book of 2014 from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the 2014 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Poetry. She is the author of the award-winning Fifty Miles from Home: Riding the Long Circle on a Nevada Family Ranch, with photographer Linda Dufurrena, and Sharing Fencelines: Three Friends Write from Nevada’s Sagebrush Corner with Linda Hussa and Sophie Sheppard as well as a poetry chapbook, That Blue Hour. Carolyn performs regularly at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko and is a member of Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities Roster, through which she conducts residencies in poetry and digital storytelling. She is also a member of the Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees.

Author Pamela Royes lives with her husband in Northeastern, Oregon where they raise cattle and hay. They have two children and three grandchildren. Temperance Creek, a memoir and her first book is being hailed by critics around the country.  It is a story that takes place in the austere beauty and natural reality of Hell’s Canyon in Eastern Oregon, 100 miles from pavement. Here Pam, unable to identify with her parent’s world and looking for deeper pathways, has a chance encounter with returning Vietnam warrior Skip Royes. Skip, looking for a bridge from survival back to connection, introduces Pam to the vanishing culture of the wandering shepherd and together they embark on a four-year sojourn into the wilderness.

Temperance Creek is a compelling memoir about love, courage and transformation. Pamela Royes deftly chronicles her journey from a suburban college student to a “wild woman,” from hippie to sheepherder to outlaw…”This is a wonderful book.” Craig Lesley, author.

Sheep Ranching Questions & Answers
with Laird Noh & Mike Guerry

Friday, October 7, 2016  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Library, 415 Spruce Avenue, Ketchum
No charge


Laird Noh was the fourth generation in his family to run Noh Sheep Company. In addition to running the family’s ranch with his wife and Idaho educator, Kathleen, Laird served in the Idaho State Senate from 1981–2004. He graduated from the University of Idaho and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has received an Honorary Doctor of National Resources from his alma mater, the Silver Ram Award for Leadership from the American Sheep Industry and in 2005 a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nature Conservancy.

Mike Guerry is the third generation in his family to run the sheep operation headquartered in Castleford, Idaho. Today, he runs 3,500 ewe lambs near his home in winter moving them to the Owyhee Desert in spring and then to the Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest in northern Nevada in summer. Says Mike, “I love the ranch, the sheep, the work. When I was a kid it was the only place I wanted to be. I raced home after school and spent all my weekends there. Finally my father suggested that I should try “being a kid” before it was too late. But it was the only place I wanted to be.”  

  Sheep Tales Gathering
"The Next Generation"

Friday, October 7, 2016 - Festival Opening
7:00 p.m.
NexStage Theatre, Ketchum
$20 Adults


The Next Generation and the Future of Sheep Ranching in the American West

Sheep in the American West produce some of the best lamb and finest wool in the United States and around the world. But, daily, its producers face the challenges of volatile markets, imports without quotas, high costs of production, death losses from predators, loss of traditional public land grazing and public hesitancy to cook or serve this remarkable product.

Why would one choose the life of a sheep rancher?  Yet, they do, generation after generation.  It is a family affair. 

In 2014, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival began a three-year program “Celebrating Generations” with a goal of listening, learning, sharing and saving the memories of our western sheep ranching families who live and work the land and are the keepers of open space.

The first year, we honored the visionaries, those first families who found a piece of western land that matched their dreams. They made it home, made it their life’s work, cared for it and fed the country from its bounty.  In 2015, we followed families into the hardworking second and third generations, the landowners of today.  This year, we will listen to the next and future generations.

Join us to hear why they stay in the family business and take on these odds to save lamb and wool for future generations.  Hear of their experiences, challenges and opportunities.  Listen to their hopes to make the generations-old family sheep operation of their childhood into their own.

Hal Cannon will serve as moderator and presenter for this year’s evening of “Celebrating Generations.”  As the Founding Director of the Western Folklife Center & National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a radio producer, musician, former Director of the Institute of the American West and former Folk Arts Coordinator of the Utah Arts Council, he is a wonderful addition to the Festival.  He is beloved by generations of sheep ranchers, herders, cowboys and lifelong westerners. Hal is a skilled moderator and interviewer as well as knowing people on the land.  He is trusted, respected and makes people feel comfortable. As moderator, he will guide the storytellers to remember and share the important moments in their lives.  With Hal’s encouragement, our young ranching families will provide irreplaceable snapshots of life and times in the West and the struggle to stay on the land.

Online registration until Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Registration in person at the nexStage Theatre on Friday, October 7 until sold out.


Utah Wool Growers Education Trailer

Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Folklife Fair, McKercher Park, Hailey

Free Event

Utah's Lamb and Wool Producers and the Utah Wool Growers Association work to continue their proud legacy of caring for the animals, the land and their communities, and passing this heritage on to future generations. We hope the photos, videos and sheep camp replica in the Education Trailer will help tell the story of the western sheep producer: sustainable grazing, versatile wool, delicious lamb, animal care and families working together. (Learn more at


Naturally Inspiring: The Story of Wool

Saturday, October 8, 2016
2:00 pm  
Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)  

Free Event
Presented by Monica Ebert, Wool Laboratory Manager, Montana Wool Lab, Montana State University

Ever wonder about the process wool undergoes before it becomes a final product? What do the farmers and ranchers do produce a high-quality wool clip on a yearly basis? How do manufacturers decide what style of wool they need for a final product? This workshop will cover the story of wool from sheep to shelf on a commercial level to provide an in depth look into the incredible journey of wool. 
Monica Ebert’s passion for the wool industry stems from her lifelong involvement in the sheep industry having been born into a small purebred sheep operation in Northeast Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Apparel Design and Apparel Marketing from Kansas State University, and received her Master’s degree in Animal Science from Angelo State University where she focused her research efforts on sheep genetics and wool apparel product development. Her thesis research project challenged her to gain a better understanding of the entire process of the manufacturing of apparel goods starting with raw wool production.  As the Wool Laboratory Manager at Montana State University, she always enjoys the chance to share her passion for wool with others. 

History of Sheepherding in the Wood River
Valley with John Peavey, Rancher, Flat Top Sheep Co.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Starbucks and the Sun Valley Visitor Center
Sun Valley Road, Ketchum

Local historian Jerry Seiffert and third generation sheep rancher, John Peavey,  Flat Top Sheep Co., will be on hand to tell stories of the Wood River Valley and the Lane Merc, a gathering place for sheepmen over the years. (This is a free event.)

Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk

With John Peavey, Rancher, Flat Top Sheep Co. and
Jerry Seiffert, Local Historian

Sunday, October 9, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ketchum Forest Service Park

Enjoy a guided hike through area aspen groves to view sheepherder tree carvings a disappearing western art form. Ride the Sheep Shuttle to the Sheepherder hike north of Ketchum. Third generation sheep rancher and former Senator,   John Peavey, Flat Top Sheep Co. and Jerry Seiffert will share stories and answer questions about the history and traditions of sheep ranching life. And, John and his loyal sheepdog Aggie, will be on the bus to share stories during the ride! (Ride the shuttle for a $10 fee or follow in your car for free.)