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Sheep parade culminates the end of the 23rd Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum

Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 21:24:34-04

KETCHUM, Idaho — The 23rd annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival finished up Sunday with a sheep parade through downtown Ketchum, showcasing the yearly migration from the high country to lower elevation before winter hits.

“It’s not a reenactment, it’s actually a celebration of the real deal," former Ketchum mayor Jerry Seifert said. “23 years ago with the first trailing I think my wife and I were here with 10 other people when they brought the band through.”

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival has grown into one of the most popular fall festivals in the west, attracting visitors from all over the country to witness the historic Idaho event.

"My son loves it; he was in love with the sheep and the horses," said Heather Garcia who came with her family from New Hampshire. "It’s awesome seeing the sheep and the community getting together for it."

John Peavey and his wife Diane created the Trailing of the Sheep Festival which isn't just about sheep. The festival also highlights several different cultures.

“We celebrate three cultures," said Peavey. "The Scots, the Basque, and the Peruvians and they each brings something really enriching to the community.”

The Trailing of the Sheep is a four-day festival which features lamb cooking classes, different ways people can use wool and profiles sheep dogs who help maneuver and protect the flock during migration.

For more on our coverage of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival click here.