What is Trailing of the Sheep?
It is a great time to drive my little RV trailer to Ketchum with my bicycle and my camera. The fall foliage is at it's best in an already beautiful location making it even more inspiring.
Friday night, I first went through town on the 'For the Love of Lamb' event where various restaurants throughout Ketchum provide tasty samples of a lamb dish. With the long lines of other people, I could only make 3 of the 9 restaurants before they ran out of food (each restaurant declares it has enough for 350 people). So it will take 3 years to complete this event. Of course, there is voting afterwards. My vote went to the Sawtooth Club with some awesome lamb ribs and the best sauce ever.
Another entry dog works the sheep. These dogs are amazing. The field was much larger than I thought. You barely could see the sheep. The dog had to go all the way out and behind them and bring them in, through 3 gates and finally into the pen.
What event is complete without a Fair. The Sheep Folk Life Fair and Lamb Feast was held in Hailey, ID (11 miles south of Ketchum). Part of the sheep ranches of the area includes those cultures that immigrated here to work the sheep. We were entertained by the Oinkari Basque Dancers, Peruvian Dancers and Musicians, Siumni Polish Highlanders, and, of course our The Boise Highlanders bagpipe group.
Here is a dance performed by Basques.
She made dutch oven stew using vegetables from her garden. She also made dutch oven bread, of which I was able to take some back to my camper to enjoy at a later time. There was wine and great food and great conversations. Saturdays just don't get much better than this.
Sunday - Sheep Day
Finally, a big THANKS to the sheep herding families of Idaho, Nevada and Oregon for their hard work.
This is the family who own the sheep that went through Ketchum today.