Tuesday, 27 November 2012
The Trailing of the Sheep is an annual October festival and parade in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho. It is held each fall to move the flocks off the mountain to their winter grazing homes. It is intended as a celebration of the history and tradition of sheep husbandry in the Western United States.
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival has been held in Sun Valley every year since 1997 but has roots which are far older than that. This has been sheep land since John Hailey first brought his flock here in the 1860s. Land of the Basques, who were brought here in droves to work in the hills as herders and never went back home.