KETCHUM, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Make-A-Wish is helping a sheep loving 20 year old attend this year's Trailing of the Sheep Festival.
Make-A-Wish is used to fulfilling dreams for children who are battling illnesses.
Wishes to visit Disney World, swim with dolphins in Hawaii, or go fishing in Alaska are common.
But when Shelby Huff requested to attend a sheep festival in Idaho, well… that was a first for the organization.
“She went through a couple different ideas but ultimately landed on Trailing of the Sheep as her wish. To experience Idaho and the scenic landscape and she loves animals and especially the sheep, so she found them online,” said Brenda Vogt, Make-A-Wish Idaho.
Make A Wish programs throughout the nation end up working together to help make the children’s wishes come true. The Idaho Make-A-Wish program said it only fulfills a couple of wishes every year in Idaho.
Hawaii ends up seeing a lot more action. Having someone request to come to Idaho is unique, let alone to attend a sheep festival.
Huff became eligible to receive a wish due to complications with aplastic anemia, a bone marrow failure disease.
“There just so cute. I’ve really liked sheep since I was little and this is so cool. Now I get to actually go see live sheep and see them go down the festival,” said Shelby Huff, wish recipient.
Her wish will be granted when she travels from her home in Hill City, South Dakota to attend the annual Trailing Of The Sheep Festival. The festival is celebrating its 20th year this October 5th through 9th in the Wood River Valley.
“We are honored and proud that she chose us. We know that so many kids chose to swim with the dolphins or go on a shopping spree or go to Disney World, and Make-A-Wish has told us this is one of the most unique wishes they ‘ve seen and we’re very proud to have been chosen by her,” said Laura Musbach Drake, Trailing of the Sheep Festival Director.