The Trailing of the Sheep Festival will celebrate its Sweet 16 Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14, and like any good birthday bash, it's inviting a few thousand of its closest friends--including enough sheep to make Little Bo Peep lose her friggin' mind.
The Wood River Valley festival is an annual family friendly event that promotes the Idaho tradition of sheep ranchers moving their flocks to lower elevations every fall to winter grazing areas. While the weekend is packed with various activities, here are some not-to-be-missed events:
The Big Sheep Parade: Sunday, Oct. 14, Main Street in Ketchum will be taken over by more than 1,500 sheep accompanied by dancers, musicians, sheep wagons, music and entertainment. Think Spain's Running of the Bulls but much fuzzier and less terrifying.
Championship Sheepdog Trails: Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, 50 of what claim to be the most talented roundup pups in the West will compete for prizes. If you want to up the excitement by having someone to cheer on, sponsor a dog for $50.
Culinary Events: Sure, an event that features sheep as both the entertainment and the main dish brings about some Machiavellian concerns, but put them aside and enjoy grub from Wood River Valley restaurants such as Boca, Cornerstone Bar and Grill, Moose Girls, Cristina's Restaurant and the Roosevelt Grille, which will showcase their best lamb recipes during the For the Love of Lamb Foodie Fest Friday, Oct. 12. If that isn't enough, a Lamb Feast will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., when six chefs will join forces to create a spread of traditional Basque food as well as barbecued ribs and apple-buttermilk and blue cheese coleslaw.