Thursday, September 25, 2014

Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Hailey Idaho October 2014

2014 marks the 18th year of the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. It has grown into a 4-day event including sheep storytelling and readings, music, a full day Folklife Fair with sheep shearing, wool spinning and sheep arts and crafts, and the National Point Qualifying Sheepdog Trials. There is dancing, singing, music and food honoring the tradition of welcoming fathers, brothers, sons, animals and family home from a long summer of grazing in the mountains. This Festival honors the colorful history, heritage and cultures of Idaho and the west.

This festival is put on each year to help preserve the stories and colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders. It celebrates the rich cultures of the past and present and entertains and educates children, adults and families about the production of local food and fiber that sustain local economies and generations of hard-working families.

The list of daily events starting on Wednesday Oct 8th - Sunday October 12th

Cooking with Lamb 2014

Fiber Fest Workshops
How American Wool Got into the Olympics
Basque Sheepherders - The End of an Era

An Evening with Hank Vogler
Cooking with Lamb
Fiber Fest Workshops
Western Folklife and Heritage Museum Presentations and Open House
Lasail's for the Love of Lamb

Sheep Dog Trials
Folklife Fair and Lamb Fest
Quilt Show
Fiber Fest Workshops
Sheepherders Ball

Sheep Dog Trials
Photography Workshop
Fiber Fest Classes
History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley
Trailing of the Sheep Parade
Trailing of the Sheep BBQ
Sheep Shuttle and Sheepherder Walk

You could make it a week long vacation while enjoying the festival activities and the local area or just choose the day(s) of the festival that interest you most.

Whatever you choose, we would be honored if you let us provide you with a good nights "sheep".

Find your lodging here: High Country (Central Region)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lewis County Fair in Nezperce Idaho 2014

The Lewis County Fair is held the last weekend of September. 

In addition to 4-H and open class exhibits, there are numerous food vendors and carnival rides.

Sunday of the fair will be the Show N Shine and annual Combine Demolition Derby when the town of 460 people swells to 3000 visitors to take in this spectacular event now into its 14th year. Grain truck racing is the newest event added to the intermissions of the derby.

Other close by attractions that you can enjoy while enjoying the county fair are:

Heart of the Monster Park: Heart of the Monster There is a creation story at the center of every culture. For the Nez Perce, the story of their people begins at the ‘Heart of the Monster.’ A monster was eating all of the animals. Coyote fooled the monster into swallowing him. Using a set of stone knives that he had brought with him, Coyote cut apart the monster from the inside to release all of the animals that were trapped in the monster. Upon emerging from the remains of the monster, Coyote cut it up and threw the pieces all over the land, creating the Indian people who inhabit the land. Fox asked Coyote about the land around the monster, it had no people, what was he to do? As Coyote washed the blood of the monster off his hands, the drops became the Nez Perce. Nez Perce National Historical Park. NEPE LP-2 

Lawyers Canyon:  This canyon along Lawyers Creek in the middle of the Camas Prairie was named for a Nez Perce Indian. Hallalhotsoot was nicknamed Lawyer by area mountain men because of his shrewd mind and combative nature. Two movies have been made near here: "Told in the Hills" in 1919 and "Breakheart Pass", in 1979. Hwy. 95 once wound through the canyon but has since been replaced by a newer road on the top of the prairie.  

There is also something on the Camas Prairie for the railroad buff! Some of the best trestles in Idaho are found on the Camas Prairie Railroad, easily seen from U.S. Highway 95 when driving between Lapwai and Grangeville. And if you take a short detour through Ferdinand along Old Highway 95, you can drive right through Bridge 40, which crosses the road more than 120 feet above the pavement. 

Gold Rush Scenic Byway: This route begins at the junction of Highways 12 and 11, following Highway 11 for 42.5 miles through the towns of Greer, Weippe, and Pierce to its end at Headquarters. It takes travelers past historic sites of the gold rush era of the mid-to-late 1800s. Great views of the Clearwater River and the Weippe Prairie can be seen. Full services are available in Pierce and Weippe with partial services in Greer. 

Find Lodging for your stay: North Central Region