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The Annual Trailing Of The Sheep Festival Is Underway

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By Andrew Reed

Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The trailing of the sheep festival kicked off today in the Wood River Valley.

It’s the 17th annual and this year marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho territory.

Ketchum and Hailey residents are preparing for the trailing of the sheep festival, a fun filled weekend event.

"The festival is about preserving our history and heritage of sheep in Idaho and the Wood River Valley and throughout the west. We honor and celebrate the cultures of people who have come here sheepherding,” Mary Crofts, Trailing of the Sheep Festival.

Every fall for nearly 150 years, sheepherders in the region have been driving sheep through the wood river valley.

"In the early 1900's there were 2-million sheep that trailed back and forth though this valley and in Idaho there were more sheep than people until 1979. It's a huge part of history and saved the economy here and in most of Idaho,” said Crofts.

The festival is known for its sheep parade, more than 15-hundred sheep walk down main street in Ketchum.

"The parade is on Sunday at noon and people love to see. People have a ball here and are grateful and thankful for having learned something about culture, learned about ranching and sheep in our communities."

A festival that honors sheep families and a celebration for all ages to remember Idaho history.

For more information go to, www.trailingofthesheep.org


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