Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Ketchum - Hailey Idaho

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Trailing of the Sheep Festival

As has been done for years, the sheep travel from northern mountain summer pastures to southern winter grazing grounds. The festival highlights special events, dancing and music. Read More

  • During the second weekend of October of every year
  • This event is free to spectators
  • 1,700 sheep traditionally herded through downtown Ketchum

Overview: The Trailing of the Sheep is a once in a lifetime spectacle. Don't miss the 1,700 sheep as they make their annual passage through downtown Ketchum past shops, restaurants and markets and further on through the Wood River Valley. Visitors can follow the "trail" as they head south. 

Where: Downtown Ketchum Idaho

When: During the second weekend of October of every year. October 4th-8th, 2017.

Cost: This event is free to spectators

Details: The festival won the Governor's Award for Cultural Heritage Tourism. Other events include a Folk Life Fair that features sheep shearing and herding demonstration, music, dancing, food and games. Other events include walks, speakers and plenty of eating. Don't miss this unique spectacle of an age old Idaho tradition. In the 1900's southern Idaho was second only to Sydney, Australia as a sheep center. See more details on the Trailing of the Sheep website.

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