|Photo by Michael Edminster|
ResortQuest Sun Valley will welcome the Trailing of the Sheep Festival for a weekend of family-friendly fun in the towns of Hailey and Ketchum near Sun Valley, Idaho. The 15th annual festival, famous for its 1,500-sheep parade down Main Street, will take place Friday, Oct.7 through Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
As a proud sponsor of the festival, ResortQuest is offering 20% off a stay of 3 nights or more for festivalgoers at vacation rental properties in Ketchum, Warm Springs, Elkhorn Village and the Sun Valley area. This special rate is available from Saturday, Oct. 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Sun Valley’s Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates a rich ranching heritage that dates back to the late 1860s when John Hailey introduced the first sheep herd to the Wood River Valley. The festival includes a variety of cultural activities and events such as sheepdog trials, storytelling, an arborglyph (tree carving) hike, artisan demonstrations, music, dancers and food. Local products like grass-fed lamb, beautiful wool creations, lanolin, soaps and cheese are also featured.
This year’s festival, honoring women and their contributions to the development of Idaho and the West, opens with the “Women Writing and Living the West” workshop on Friday, Oct. 7. Saturday brings the Folklife Fair, second annual Fiber Fest, and an evening with cowboy poet and entertainer, Baxter Black. At noon on Sunday, a local ranching family leads its band of 1,500 sheep right down Main Street in Ketchum during the highlight of the festival, the Trailing of the Sheep Parade.
“Seeing Main Street awash in a sea of sheep is certainly unique, but what really sets the Trailing of the Sheep apart from other festivals is that it's not a fabricated event,” said Debbie Fox, general manager, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Sun Valley. “When the lambs and ewes trot past Whiskey Jacques, it's a real Sun Valley ranching family moving its band from high summer pasture to lower desert grazing for the winter.”
River Run is the most centrally located neighborhood in both summer and winter, within walking distance of ski lifts, the town of Ketchum, a 26-mile bike path and the Big Wood River. Approximately one mile from downtown Ketchum, Sun Valley is where the original ski resort was built in 1936. Since then, a Nordic center, an ice rink and a Robert Trent Jones golf course have been added. In the hills above Sun Valley, Elkhorn Village is a separate resort development that boasts swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts and another Robert Trent Jones course. Warm Springs is the original skiers' village at the base of Bald Mountain's north-facing slopes, where several restaurants make for an inviting après-ski scene.
The festival is presented each year by the Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center. The center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to gather, present and preserve the history and culture of the families and individual men and women in Idaho’s sheep industry and honor their contributions to the development of Idaho and the West.
To take advantage of ResortQuest’s Trailing of the Sheep Festival lodging discount, guests should call 800-371-9180 and mention Promo Code INT TSF. Availability is limited, and a 3-night minimum stay is required. More details, including terms and conditions, are available online.