Trailing of the Sheep

October 9, 2019 – October 13, 2019 all-day
Various Locations
Trailing of the Sheep

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival was started in 1996 in response to the rapid loss of farms and ranches and the rapid growth in the Wood River Valley. The Festival preserves the stories and colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders, celebrates the rich cultures of the past and present and entertains and educates children, adults and families about the production of local food and fiber that sustain local economies and generations of hard-working families.

Our mission is: To gather, present and preserve the history and culture of the families and individual men and women involved in Idaho sheep ranching and to honor their contributions to the development of Idaho and the West.

Trailing of the Sheep has been named in the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World, Top 200 Best U.S. Festivals and the Top 100 Festivals in N. America. In 2013, USA Today named it One of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in America.  It is also the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Cultural Heritage.

  • Wednesday, October 9, Farm to Table Dinner at the Wood River Sustainability Center
  • Thursday, October 10, Farm to Table Dinner at the Wood River Sustainability Center
  • Friday, October 11, Sheep Tales Gathering with Author Mark Kurlansky on Food As Culture
  • Saturday, October 12, Sheep Jam!
    Back by popular demand – The Dusty 45s at Whiskey Jacques
  • Sunday, October 13, Happy Trails!
    Closing party and music by Cindy & Gary Braun and, in partnership with the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival, the Carolyn Martin Swing Band