The 15th Annual Festival, October 6-9, 2011, celebrated "Women of the West" a tribute to western women in Idaho and the west.
Women Writing and Living the West :: Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
It is with great enthusiasm that the 15th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival honored women of the west in a very special way on October 7, 2011. "Women Writing and Living the West" was a powerful day of sharing and preserving memories through storytelling and writing. A full-day symposium was dedicated to the critical role women have played in the history and culture of western ranching.
Western ranching women were joined by these notable western women writers.
• Teresa Jordan, Riding the White Horse Home; Gretel Ehrlich, Solace of Open Spaces; Linda Hasselstrom, No Place Like Home; Linda Hussa, The Family Ranch: Land, Children, and Tradition in the American West; Diane Josephy Peavey, Bitterbrush Country; Annick Smith, Homestead.
Fiber Fest - Colors to Dye For
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lonna Steele, famous fiber arts instructor, will teach you to dye like a pro.
Fiber Fest - Moebius Scarf
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Donna Welch will show you the magical experience of a Moebius Scarf.
Fiber Fest - Spinning Wheel Care & Adjustment
Time: 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Joan Holloway will teach you how to get the most out of your spinning wheel for superb performance.
Fiber Fest - Angora Rabbit Fiber: Spinning, Uses, and Art Forms
Time: 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Keren Brown will cover many methods of spinning angora fiber as well as it’s natural fleece colors, wool prep and dyeing of this specialty fiber. She will cover art and craft uses and brings lots of fun and knowledge to her class.
Fiber Fest - A Tale of Two Yarns
Time: 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Learn to spin for thick and thin wool yarn and spinning clouds and locks of mohair in a tailspun technique from Colleen Jennings.
Fiber Fest - Needle Felting
Time: 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Create sculptures and embellish flat surfaces as you use fiber to create art with Nancy Liebrecht. You will learn basic techniques by making a small 3-dimensional object and a decorative hot-pad.
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 an d 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.
Lamb tastings at these locations:
• The Roosevelt Tavern and Grille
• Cristina's Restaurant & Bakery
• Cornerstone Bar & Grill
• Moose Girls
• NexStage Theatre with Smokehouse BBQ
• Ketchum/SV Ski and Heritage Museum with Chef Tim Filgate
Sheep Tales Gathering - Opening Performance
NexStage Theatre, Ketchum 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
Doors open at 5:00 pm as part of the Art and Lamb Foodie Fest. Tickets $10.00 adults, children free.
Tickets available at the door.
Featuring the movie Heartland, a reception and more stories. The movie's Executive Producer, Annick Smith, will introduce the film and answer questions and share information following the film.
Sheepdog Championship Trials
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.
|Baxter Black, Cowboy Poet and Entertainer|
nexStage Theater, Ketchum, 7:30PM to 9:30PM
He's described by the New York Times as "probably the nation's most successful living poet", and thanks to a gracious sponsorship donation from Simplot Land and Livestock Group and Western Stockmen's, this year's festival will host the talented and comedic, Baxter Black!
This former large animal veterinarian can be followed nationwide through his column, National Public Radio, public appearances, television and also through his books, cd's, videos and commercial radio. Baxter lives in Benson, Arizona, between the Gila River and the Gila monster, the Mexican border and the Border Patrol and between the horse and the cow---where the action is.
He still doesn't own a television or a cell phone, and his idea of a modern convenience is Velcro chaps. Everything about Baxter is cowboy; his cartoonish mustache, his personality and his poetry. He makes a living shining a spotlight on the flaws and foibles of everyday cowboy life. He demonstrates that it is the truth in his humor that makes it funny. So, in a nut shell (where some believe he may have evolved) there is considerably more to Baxter than just an entertainer. He is the real thing. Because, as he says, "It's hard to be what you aren't."
Folklife Fair, Roberta McKercher Park, 10am - 4pm.
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.
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.
2nd Fiber Fest at the Folklife Fair
Soap Making Made Simple
We will be using additives such as sheep’s milk, tallow, and lanolin to make an excellent, emollient bar of soap. There will be lots of fragrances to choose from and you will be taking home the soap that you make.
Basic Spinning 101
learn the steps of wool preparation: washing, hand carding, and spinning wool into a yarn on a drop spindle. Each student will receive a supply of wool and all parts necessary to build a CD drop spindle.
Workshops for Kids
• Weaving the Rainbow for Kids
• Burlap Gone Wild for Kids
• Explore Simple Spinning
• Painting without a Brush
Wool Show & Skein Competition
Fleeces will be judged and micron tested! The Montana Wool Lab will have the OFDA micron testing equipment. Please limit testing to five fleeces per operation. MSU will also be judging the fiber show as well as providing wool fiber edcation. Prizes awarded.
FOLKLIFE FAIR LAMB FEAST
Guerry's authentic basque treats and traditional Basque food. Many of the finest Wood River Valley chefs will be cooking lunch to benefit the Festival.
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!
Organized and provided by Laura Sluder and Blue Sage Farm. $5.00 rides for adults $3.00 for children to the dog trials and back in Quigley Canyon. Meet at Roberta McKercher Park.
Sheepdog Championship Trials
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 2012 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.
Meet at the Ketchum Post Office, 9:00 am
Join Michael Edminster and Jack Williams on a sheep adventure. Meet at 9:00 am at the Ketchum Post Office and we'll carpool to find the sheep. Michael and Jack will share tips and lessons about photography and opportunities getting the best sheep shots. $25.00 each.
History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley
Local historian Ivan Swaner and 3rd generation sheep rancher, John Peavey, 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! Music by STILLWATERS.
• Julie and John Noh, Noh Sheep Company
• Julie Oxarango-Ingram and Judge Mark Ingram
• 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.