Map by Evelyn Phillips
Who’s in the 2012 parade?
The following entrants are participating in the 2012 Trailing of the Sheep Parade:
- Hilarie Neely and dancers from the Footlight Dance Centre carry signs to identify parade participants.
- Color guard – Boy Scout Troop 192, Ketchum.
- Peruvian Dancers and Musicians of the Wood River Valley, former sheepherders, represent the contributions of the Peruvians to sheep ranching in the West.
- Peruvian Paso Riders. The Peruvian Paso is known for its smooth ride. This breed is protected by the Peruvian government and has been declared a Cultural Heritage of the Nation by the National Institute of Culture.
- Alan Laudert/Lucero Sheep Camp pulled by Lawrence Edwards team.
- Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage become a flock of sheep for the Trailing of the Sheep celebration.
- The Oinkari Basque Dancers and musicians of Boise honor the contributions of the Basque people to the sheep industry and Idaho. The children accompanying the dancers and musicians are members of local Basque families.
- Kim and Kathy Vader’s Idaho Sheep Camp sheep camp pulled by Laura Sluder and Blue Sage Farm Team.
- The Polish Highlanders of North America present the folk music and dance of their families, shepherds from the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland. Now living in Chicago, the group keeps its distinct identity and traditions to pass on to its children.
- Max Keller from McKammon, Idaho, with his sheep wagon and team Doilie and Fred. Following the sheep wagon is Bert, a 12-year-old pack mule that helps Max and his friends on camping and hunting trips.
- Boise Highlanders bagpipers, drummers and dancers honor the Scottish families that were among the first to run sheep in Idaho.
- Darby Northcott and her pet sheep help lead the sheep with the Peavey family.
- Father Ken Brannon, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, blesses the sheep.
- The sheep! A band of 1,500 sheep from Flat Top Sheep Co.
Those wishing to test their herding skills may walk behind the sheep after they pass and with the herders move them down the valley toward their afternoon resting place several miles south of town.
The sheep and Flat Top Sheep Co.
The band of sheep belongs to the Peavey family, which operates Flat Top Sheep Co.
The sheep ranch was started in the 1920s by John’s grandfather, John Thomas, who was a U.S. senator. John’s father, Art Peavey, was an attorney and also operated the ranch. Today, John, his son Tom with grandsons Cory and Jake (five generations of family), work together at Flat Top.
John was an Idaho state senator for 21 years and loves his life of ranching. He and his wife, Diane, started the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in 1996 in response to a growing community of newcomers wondering about the sheep trailing through the valley each spring and fall.
Diane is also an author and public speaker, and was an essayist for 18 years on Idaho Public Radio sharing stories of the land, its people and its history. These are collected in her book “Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land.”
The mix of wary animals and curious spectators is always an adventure. Help make the experience fun and successful by following important parade etiquette:
- No dogs are allowed at the parade for the sake of the sheep and the safety of spectators. Please leave your dog at home or in the car.
- Don’t jump into the middle of the sheep—even for that perfect photograph. It will frighten the sheep.
- Don’t walk through the sheep. Stay behind them.
- Do look for a volunteer or Peavey family member if you spot a problem.
- Always follow the advice and instructions of volunteers and parade officials. They are there for your safety and the safety of the sheep.
- Do bring children but keep them with you at all times.
- Do take pictures but only from the side of the parade route. Stay on the sidewalks.
- If you want to join in the walk, join in at the end.