I was a vendor at Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho this past weekend, and what a glorious weekend it was! The festival commemorates the sheep herding life in the region, in particular, bringing the sheep from summer to winter pastures. Here are some highlights.

Fall maple leaves 

 The fall colors and scenery were spectacular. Here are maple leaves in the town of Ketchum, ID, where the sheep trailing parade was held.


aspen in Sun Valley

The hills north of Ketchum were sage covered and rocky with these stunning splashes of yellow from the aspen.

On Saturday, I joined a diverse group of talented fiber artists who offered their creations for sale to the public. Beautiful weather, a well-organized event, fun shoppers and lively sales made the day a great success.  My friends Laura and Amy helped me set up, womaned the booth while I took a few breaks to look around, and generally made the entire weekend an absolute pleasure. Thanks to both of them!

Afterwards, we watched the sheep dog trials. Unfortunately, I don't have photos. We were so impressed by the dogs and handlers (and the very stubborn sheep who did not want to be penned). Next year, we plan to spend more time here.

On Sunday, we attended the Trailing of the Sheep parade through Ketchum.

piper at trailing of the sheep

This piper entertained us while we waited for the parade to begin. Take a close look at her bagpipes!  She played "Mary had a Little Lamb" for the kids and let them pat her sheep. The entire bagpipe group had sheep covers on their pipes!

sheep camp

Several Sheep Camps paraded down the street. I was particularly charmed by the foal accompanying it's Mom as she pulled this camp.

trailing of the sheep

And finally, after the Peruvian dancers, the Basque dancers, Peruvian pacing horses, and the bagpipers, came the sheep. A flock of 1500 sheep paraded in moderate order down the street. We are still trying to figure out what kind of sheep they are, but the pattering of their hooves and the sheer numbers were impressive. 

Next year we will arrive on Friday (in time for the free lamb samples provided by local restaurants - delicious) and leave on Monday so we can attend the other fun events held on Sunday. We were sorry we had to leave right after the parade. This was my first year at this event, and I now understand why it is considered one of the Top 10 Fall Festivals in the World by MSN Travel.

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