Express map by E.B. Phillips
2013 Parade Lineup
- Hilarie Neely and dancers from the Footlight Dance Centre carry signs to identify parade participants.
- Color Guard—Boy Scout Troop No. 192, Ketchum, with Scout leader Chuck Williamson.
- Rudy and Misty, two beautiful black Peruvian Paso horses, ridden by Steve Riccabona and Allan Snyder. The Peruvian Pasos were bred and used in Peru by ranchers who had to travel many miles each day to work their ranches—and they wanted to ride in comfort.
- Peruvian dancers and musicians of the Wood River Valley, former sheepherders, represent the contributions of the Peruvians to sheep ranching in the West.
- Alan Laudert/Lucero Sheep Camp pulled by Laura Sluder’s team and driven by Dell Magnum.
- 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, 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 sheepwagon and team, Doilie and Fred. Following the sheepwagon is Bert, who is 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.
- Authentic sheep camp adopted by John and Joan Davies with Shelby Hanson’s team.
- Darby Northcott and her pet sheep help lead the sheep with the John Peavey family.
- Father Ken Brannon, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, blesses the sheep.
- THE SHEEP! A band of 1,500 sheep from Faulkner Land & Livestock.
Those wishing to test their herding skills can walk behind the sheep after they pass you and with the herders move them down the valley toward their afternoon resting place several miles south of town.
The sheep in the parade
The sheep belong to John Faulkner, a third-generation sheep rancher on both sides of his family. His father moved to the Gooding, Idaho, area in 1933 with 25 sheep that he purchased for $1 each and the family has been in the sheep ranching business ever since. Today, John and his wife, Jodi, run the operation with their two sons, Mike and Jack, and their respective families. The Faulkners own about 12,000 head of Columbia/Rambouillet (say ram-boo-lay) cross ewes. The ewes in the parade will be heading to California soon for lambing season and to munch on fresh alfalfa. The Faulkners also farm-row crops and do custom farming.
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 Faulkner 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.