The holidays in Sun Valley are unique. From the snow-covered peaks (and ski runs!) that surround the Wood River Valley, to the old-fashioned charm of the Sun Valley Village and the decidedly European feel of the Resort, Christmas in Sun Valley is straight out of a beloved picture book. I have spent more than 30 Christmases in Sun Valley and while I certainly appreciate all that the Resort does to keep current (our amazing snowmaking and grooming, the gorgeous Lodge remodel, The Spa, and new
If you have never attended the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, be sure to make your plans now. Returning to Sun Valley October 8 – 12, this family-friendly long weekend is sure to delight with fabulous locally-sourced food (emphasis on lamb), crafts and yes, lots of sheep.
There is a lot going on at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival but the stars of the weekend are white and wooly
Held primarily outdoors in the fresh autumn Idaho mountain air, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a fantastic way to spend a few days. Two highlights are the Sheep Folklife Fair, held on Saturday, October 11, and the Trailing of the Sheep Parade held on Sunday, October 12.
Saturday’s Folklife Fair is fun for the entire family
The Folklife Fair, held in Hailey at Roberta McKercher Park, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a feast for the senses. If you stay long enough (which I recommend you do), you will witness sheep shearing demonstrations, step inside genuine sheep wagons, enjoy spinning and weaving demonstrations by local artisans and find fun craft activities for the kids. In addition, the Folklife Fair offers an eat-around option with many of the Wood River Valley’s finest chefs participating in a Lamb Feast.
Artisans demonstrate many skills during the Folklife Fair including traditional spinning of wool
For only $7 per plate, you can enjoy creations from the chefs at the helm of the following popular restaurants: CK’s Real Food, Dang’s Thai Cuisine, diVine, il Naso, KB’s, Jim Roberts Catering (formerly of Boca), Mahoney’s Bar and Grill, Seasons Steakhouse and South Valley Pizzeria. Beer, wine, water and sodas will be available, as will a child-friendly food booth. Your taste buds say thank you.
Musical accompaniment for this feast of flavors will be provided by Peruvian Musicians and Dancers, Oinkari Basque Dancers, Boise Highlanders Scottish bagpipers, drummers and dancers and the Polish Highlanders folk musicians and dancers. There will be a short performance by popular Hot Club of Cowtown.
The Trailing of the Sheep Parade Sunday draws hundreds of enthusiastic spectators and many talented participants
On Sunday, all eyes are on the sheep. Crowds line Main Street in Ketchum to enjoy an old-fashioned parade featuring The Boise Highlanders, Peruvian Dancers and Musicians, the Oinkari Basque Dancers and the Polish Highlanders of North America. The sheep truly are the stars of the show, though, and watching them run and jump en masse down Main Street puts a smile on everyone’s face.
Watching hundreds of sheep run and jump down Main Street in Ketchum is something that should not be missed
There are also cooking classes galore, photography workshops, a Fiber Fest, talks from historian , guided hikes, storytellers, concerts , Women Writers in the West and the popular sheepdog trials. Be sure to check out the full list of events for all the festival happenings.
Everything related to sheep is featured during the weekend – a true feast for all the senses
In a world full of technology and life that moves at warp speed, the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a wonderful way to slow down, savor the flavors of the weekend and to unplug and go back in time to a quieter world. This event was awarded the Governor’s Award for Cultural Heritage and was named one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by MSN Travel. Come see why for yourself!
If you like sheep and lamb, this weekend is for you
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