Ketchum Idaho bears testimony to many historical events that have enriched its value and created a sense of pride for its people to share with the world. Among these major and memorable events is the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. It is an annual event that brings thousands of people to Sun Valley every fall.
You may think of this as a rare and unheard-of event. However, in Sun Valley Idaho, sheep migration has been happening for over 150 years. Around this time of the year, the local herders take their sheep from the high country slopes to a lower elevation suited for their sheep in the winter season. The Trailing of the Sheep Parade commences with over 1500 sheep trailing down the main street, in the heart of Ketchum with the help of trained dogs and their owners. Thousands of people flock to the town to experience what can only be described as a remarkable opportunity to interact with a priceless piece of Idaho’s history.
More so, what makes this town even more unique is the fact that people are feted with the cultural aspect that comes with the way of life of the country that they display throughout the entire festival, from educating people of sheepherding history, dancing to its joyful music, learning and participating in their culinary activities and indulging in their delicious cuisine. In addition, the dog trials are also a highlight of the festival and are considered as one of the most exciting and well anticipating events.
The festival offers a variety of activities to pick, choose and refuse from, it would be highly impossible not to find something that piques your interest. So if you ever decide to take a trip to Sun Valley consider the fall season as an option because experiences such as these have to be captured in person, so once you go you know.