In many of our country’s small towns and communities, Fall brings unique events that celebrate the different individual, cultural, and geographic heritages that shape our nation's character.
Exploring these areas, and the ties to the land and people that make up our communities, is a great excuse to get out this fall! Below are just a few suggestions that have come our way:
Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Ketchum, ID - October 10-12, 2003
Come mid-October, the mountain town of Ketchum, Idaho is the setting for America’s version of The Running of the Bulls – called The Trailing of the Sheep Festival.
This Festival celebrates the century-old tradition of moving flocks from northern summer pastures, south to winter grazing areas. A sheep parade down Main Street Ketchum, readings, music, Folklife Fair, and an evening of storytelling fills this fall weekend in the mountains. The resort communities of Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho offer many homes, condos and hotels to take in this now well-known event.
Regional Oktoberfest Celebrations - September thru November
In 1810, Oktoberfest began with a state fair in Munich, Germany, celebrating the royal marriage of King Ludwig I to Maria of Saxony. The event was dedicated to the fall harvest, including the region's most famous product, beer. Today, many U.S. cities have adopted their own celebrations that span the months of September, October and November. Festivals include the Helen, Georgia Oktoberfest Sept. 11 - Nov. 1; the Newport, Rhode Island International Oktoberfest Oct. 11 - 13; and the Ruidoso, New Mexico Oktoberfest Oct. 17 - 18.