The 14th Annual Festival, October 8-10, 2010, celebrated "Our History of Sustainability" and the people, cultures and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west.
Fiber Fest - Weaving on a Weighted Loom
Time: 10 to 12:00 p.m.,Cost: $50
Lonna Steele teaches the simple art of weaving on a weighted loom.
Fiber Fest - Core Spun Yarn
Time: 12:00 to 3:30 p.m.,Cost: $55 (Includes Material fee)
Lonna Steele, famous fiber arts instructor, will take you to that next level in your spinning.
Fiber Fest - Nuno felting class
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Cost: $45 (Includes Material fee)
Keren Brown of Puffy Mondaes will teach the ancient technique of Nuno Felting. Entry-level class, for anyone 10 years old and up. Makes a great parent/child learning experience.
Fiber Fest - Locker hooking
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.Cost: $50 (Includes Material fee)
Rosanne Anderson from Cheney, Washington, will teach a hands-on class in locker hooking techniques to create a fiber masterpiece rug or wall hanging.
Western Folklife Center and Heritage Museum Presentation & Open House:
The History of American Sheep Ranching in the West and the Ranching Heritage of the Wood River Valley, Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
In this exhibit and presentation, the Western Folklife Center's Artistic Director, Meg Glaser, teams up with the KSVHS Heritage and Ski Museum to share stories, images and expressive materials reflecting the cultures, perspectives, hopes and challenges of contemporary sheep ranchers.
Cooking With Lamb
Scott Mason and the Ketchum Grill, 1 - 2:30pm.
Prominent local restaurant owner and chef, Scott Mason, will demonstrate how to make innovative lamb dishes that epitomize regional northwest cuisine. Scott's cooking honors local foods and reflects thoughtful, innovative preparation. Not only will you get some cooking ideas to try in your own kitchen, but also you will get to enjoy sampling the sumptuous dishes and sipping wine. Advance reservations and $50 fee required at College of Southern Idaho, 208.788.2033.
Art and Lamb Foodie Fest in Ketchum, 5 - 7:30 pm
Lamb tastings from the finest Wood River Valley chefs and restaurants featuring local artists and photographers sharing their best sheep photography and paintings. 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lamb tastings at these locations:
• Roosevelt Grille featuring photographer, Michael Edminster
• Cristina's featuring artist, Will Caldwell
• Cornerstone Bar & Grill, featuring artist, Deanna Schrell
• Sawtooth Club featuring artist, Jineen Griffith
• Rasberry's featuring artist, Debbie Edgers Sturges
• NexStage Theatre with private chef, Tim Filgate and artist, Mary Roberson
• Sun Valley/Ketchum Ski & Heritage Museum with chef Lynn Sheehan of Papa Hemi's and artist, Jennifer Bellinger
Sheep Tales Gathering - Opening Performance
NexStage Theatre, Ketchum 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
Tickets $15.00 adults, $5.00 children
Featuring Alisa Smith, author of the bestselling books, The 100-Mile Diet and Plenty. Learn about the 100-Mile Challenge and the organic, fresh, local foods available here. Find out how eating locally can change the world.
Following the presentation, ranchers will share stories of sustainability and living on the land. Sponsored in part by the Idaho Humanities Council.
Trailing of the Sheep Dog Trials
Quigley Canyon Field, Access off Fox Acres Rd., Hailey (Behind Wood River High School), 7:00am to Dusk Saturday and Sunday.
Organized by the International Dog Handlers and Stock Dog Association, this two-day trial is sanctioned by the U.S. Border Collie Handlers Association and will offer $3,000 in prize money as well as USBCHA points towards qualifying for the 2010 National Finals. The trial will feature over 50 of the West Coast's most talented handlers and border collies. Look for teams traveling from Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, and Canada. Nominal entrance fee of $2 per person; children under 5 free. Bring lawn chairs. No coolers please.
Folklife Fair, Roberta McKercher Park, 10am - 4pm.NEW THIS YEAR! A Fiber Fest at the Folklife Fair
The 2010 Fair highlights Our History of Sustainability and features a Fiber Fest. You will enjoy weavers and spinners as well as learn about spinning and see these professionals in action during the competitions.
This popular Folklife Fair provides demonstrations of sheep shearing and sheep herding with stock dogs, displays of sheep wagons, crafts for children, spinning and weaving demonstrations by regional and local artisans and traditional Basque food by Lisa and Mark Guerry along with lots of scrumptious lamb dishes served by top chefs and restaurants.
The Fair includes performances by Peruvian Musicians and Dancers, Oinkari Basque Dancers, Boise Highlanders Scottish bagpipers, drummers and dancers and the Polish Highlanders folk musicians and dancers. Other attractions include vendors of various cultures selling their unique crafts and art, spinning and weaving demonstrations, Children's Craft Center and a 4H fashion show, Make it with Wool.
The Annual Folklife Fair of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. In case of very bad weather, we will move inside to the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road, Hailey.
All your favorites are back this year! Lisa and Mark Guerry will be featuring Basque food, fabulous chefs from the Valley's best restaurants will have lamb delicacies, there will be sheep shearing and herding with dogs, sheep camp displays and the performances of the Basque, Scottish, Peruvian and Polish musicians and dancers. You can shop at a variety of sheep and wool craft booths and let your children enjoy the Children's Corner.
- Juried Fleece competition and sale
- Juried Skein competition and sale
- Spinner's competition
NEW THIS YEAR! Children's workshops starting at 10:00 am. Classes throughout the day!
Find out more...
FOLKLIFE FAIR LAMB FEAST
- Guerry's authentic basque treats and traditional Basque food
- CK's Real Food presenting lamb ribs with apple buttermilk and blue cheese coleslaw
- Four Peaks Restaurant with David Todd presenting Blue Sage Farm mini lamb sliders on fresh Bigwood bread
- Fresshie's with Adam and Jason Kraft presenting Blue Sage Farm grilled Vietnamese lamb meatballs with pickled radish and cucumber salad.
- Chef Ken Sangha, sponsored by Chateau Drug, featuring Tandoori Lamb wraps.
- Full Moon Catering with Brian and Sue Ahern cooking Lamb Samosas (Lamb-filled pastries with unique flavors)
Blue Sage Farm Cheese tasting
Learn about the wonders of sheep cheese! Donated by Laura Sluder and Blue Sage Farm, this is some of the best sheep cheese in the world - found only in Shoshone, Idaho. Tastings include cheese and grapes will be offered all day for $4.00 at the wine/beer booths.
Manchego sheep cheese donated by Blue Sage Farm
Grapes thanks in part to Albertson's
Wine donated by Rancho Sisquoc Winery
All to benefit the Festival - Thank you to our sponsors!
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Check out the fabulous wine being donated this year by Rancho Sisquoc Winery!
2010 promises to be the biggest and best Folkife Fair ever!
The Boise Highlanders - Bagpipers, Drummers, and Dancers
The Boise Highlanders, formed in 1961, is one of the oldest pipe bands in the Northwest. The Highland drums, often cited as the most complex form of snare drumming, complement the pipers. Dancers join the musicians performing the Highland fling and jigs. Pipers and drummers wear the Davidson tartan, while the dancers wear tartans of their choice. This popular group performs regularly throughout the region.
Peruvian Dancers and Musicians (formerly Latino X)
These Peruvian musicians have been playing together for several years performing Andean music and the contemporary dance music of Peru. Band members are: William Leon on drums and quena (flute); Victor Castillo on bass; Edwin Rojas on guitar and vocals; Teofilo Leon on mandolin; Rony Ayllon on keyboard; Rudy Isla on sampona; Roger Tacunan on drums, and Dante on guitar.
Oinkari Basque Dancers
The nationally acclaimed Oinkari Basque Dancers were started by a group of Boise Basque Americans after a trip to the Spanish Basque country in 1960. They began the dance group and called themselves Oinkari (a combination of "oinak" meaning "feet" and "arin" meaning "fast" or "light"). Today many dancers are the sons and daughters of those founders, carrying on the traditions of their ancient homeland. Musicians trained in traditional Basque music and its instruments accompany the dancers. They play Basque music of varying styles and rhythms using traditional instruments including the txistu, button accordions, accompanied by pandareta and other Basque instruments. The music they play could have been heard coming from a Basque hotel or boarding house in Hailey, Shoshone, or Boise over 100 years ago.
Polish Highlanders of North America
The Polish Highlanders of North America present the folk music and dance of their families, shepherds from the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland. Their dance is found only in this region of Europe. Their singing was once used to communicate from mountaintop pastures to valleys below. Now living in Chicago, the group keeps its distinct identity and traditions to pass on to its children.
A special activity booth featuring face painting, crafts, storytelling, cadding with wool, coloring and lots of other fun. Children will learn about sheep shearing, where their wool clothing comes from, see sheep wagons and more. Directed by Kathi Kimball, 4H leader and staff expert from the University of Idaho/Blaine County Extension office. In addition, new workshops will be scheduled ALL DAY!
Other Folklife Fair features include Sheep herding with dogs, Sheep wagon displays, Spinning and weaving demonstrations, Children's activities, Wool and craft shops.
NEW! Wagon rides this year
Organized and provided by Laura Sluder and Blue Sage Farm. $5.00 rides to the dog trials and back in Quigley Canyon. Meet at Roberta McKercher Park.
Trailing of the Sheep Dog Trials
Quigley Canyon Field, Access off Fox Acres Rd., Hailey (Behind Wood River High School), 7am to Dusk Saturday and Sunday. The Trailing of the Sheep Dog Trial continues throughout the day on Sunday. Nominal entrance fee of $2 per person; children under 5 free. See Dog Trials for complete description.
History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley
Lane Mercantile (Starbucks), Main Street and Sun Valley Road, Ketchum 10am - noon. Local historian Ivan Swaner will be on hand to tell stories of the Wood River Valley and the Lane Merc, a gathering place for sheepmen over the years. No charge.
Trailing of the Sheep Parade
Main Street, Ketchum, Noon
The Main Event. (NO DOGS PLEASE) Join an authentic trailing of the sheep down Ketchum's Main Street as part of their annual migration to winter pastures. The parade includes historic sheep wagons and participants from the Folklife Fair, each identified by sign-bearing dancers from the Footlight Dance Centre. After the parade passes, you are invited to walk with the families herding the animals to their resting place several miles south of town. See our Parade section for a detailed list of parade participants.
AFTER THE PARADE
Trailing of the Sheep Parade Barbecue
Irving's Hill in Ketchum after the Parade. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Lamb barbecue fundraiser for the Festival donated by Board members. An authentic ranch-style barbecue. Everyone welcome! Featuring:
• Mitch Lucero and Acee Laudert, daughter of the famous Alan Laudert
• Julie and John Noh, Noh Sheep Company
• Julie Oxarango-Ingram and Judge Mark Ingram
• Chef Ken Sangha, sponsored by Chateau Drug serving Tandoori lamb wraps
• Brian and Kathleen Bean, Lava Lake Land & Livestock
Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk
Ketchum Forest Service Park 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm,
Enjoy a guided hike through area aspen groves to view sheepherder tree carvings a disappearing western art form. Ride the Sheep Shuttle to the Sheepherder hike north of Ketchum. Local historian, Ivan Swaner and third generation sheep rancher and former Senator John Peavey will share stories and answer questions about the history and traditions of sheep ranching life. Ride the shuttle for a small fee or follow behind in your car for free.