Sheepherders make their way to the Wood River Valley for festival to celebrate sheep migration

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HAILEY, IDAHO (KMVT/KSVT) — A world renown festival that revolves around the migration of sheep is just a week away.

The Trailing of Sheep Festival highlights their migration season as thousands of them will be hitting the streets of Ketchum, Hailey, Sun Valley,and Bellevue.

Sheepherders have already made their way through the valley as some were spotted on Wednesday .

The festival will celebrate 22 years of sheepherding tradition on Oct. 10- Oct 14.

"We have multiple ranchers in our region that have, some have one band, some have multiple bands of sheep," said Laura Musbach Drake, the executive director of Trailing of the Sheep Festival. "Each rancher sort of plots their own course on how they take their sheep out north and how they bring them south, so they don't intermingle bands between ranchers."

There will be over 30 events over the course of the five day event.

"New this year I would say are the two films that we're screening for our sheep tales gathering on Friday night and we have a new performing basque group out of Nevada that hasn't been with us before." Drake said.

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