"Celebrating Generations": a Three-Year Project to Honor Sheep Ranching Families from Around the West
August 15, 2014

Ranching families in the west are being invited to participate in the Trailing of the Sheep Festival's weekend activities and to share stories with the guests. Anyone willing can be a "Lambassador" - being identified as a rancher and being willing to answer questions about today's ranching. Organizers hope all the ranching families who come will participate in the Trailing of the Sheep parade on Sunday, helping to trail the sheep down Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho. They want to show the strength and numbers in today's ranching families. There is a yearning in people to believe this way of life is still possible, and they want to show them that it is. The Western Folklife Center will be available during the Folklife Fair to record stories and people are encouraged to share their stories. The goal is to listen, learn, share and save the memories of our western families.

The annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival is Idaho's premier cultural event honoring the arts, history and culture of the west. The four-day event, Oct. 9-12, celebrates the rich and colorful history and cultures of sheepherding in the Wood River Valley, Idaho and the West. For more information, visit www.trailingofthesheep.org.