Labor Day Weekend in Kaycee Wyoming Celebrates Sheep Industry |

Labor Day Weekend in Kaycee Wyoming Celebrates Sheep Industry

Sue NollLaura Hicks, SD works her dog in 2006. Hick has placed in the top 10 for two years.

For Immediate Release

Sheep Industry Festival & Kaycee Challenge Sheep Dog Trial

September 1,2 & 3rd in Kaycee, Wyoming

Contact: Mary Cunningham 307-738-2500 or

Fifty Border Collies and their handlers are slated to test their abilities against Wyoming range sheep for a $10,000 purse on Labor Day weekend in Kaycee, Wyoming. Sheep wagons will circle for three days while 50 vendors offer their sheep related wares, food and information during three days of the Sheep Industry Festival held in conjunction with the Kaycee Challenge Sheep Dog Trial. A free lamb barbeque, sheep shearing contests, People’s Choice Lamb Cook-off, street dances,Calcutta’s and more will fill up the weekend for a rare opportunity to celebrate the American sheep industry, it’s heritage and the west. Spinners and felters will demonstrate their craft as a dutch oven chef shows what can be prepared over an open fire.

Author and Sheepherder, Louise Turk will be at the festival with her books, her sheep wagon and her stories. The sheep wagon was her home for many years as she herded sheep in the Big Horn Mountains in the summer and east of Kaycee in wintertime. Listeners will hear the stories that inspired her to write two books.

The Border Collies will be running under range conditions in sage brush, heat and the open range – the sheep will be fresh and tough to handle – spectators have an opportunity to watch three days of internationally judged sheep dog trials. Irish born farmer from Scotland, John Casey will preside as official judge of the trial expecting the most from both handler and dog as they have two opportunities to run in the preliminary trials. Judge, John Casey, sports a resume among the finest of dog handlers in the world. The top ten dogs and their handlers will compete on the final day on a new course with fresh sheep for $10,000.

Qualifying trials will be run on Saturday and Sunday 7am – 6 pm with the finals beginning on Monday at 10 am. The sheep festival will be open all three days from 9 am – 6 pm. People’s Choice Lamb Cook-off , silent auction and rodeo will be on Saturday night with a free Lamb Barbeque, Top-10 Calcutta and Shearing contests on Sunday evening. Street dances will finish out both nights in downtown Kaycee.

Don’t miss out of the fun and the chance to taste lamb cooked to perfection – or watch a spinner spin raw wool into yarn – or watch dogs work. Does the quiet breeze of a Wyoming fall morning, set against a backdrop of border collies, sheep, sagebrush and sheep wagons beckon to you? Yes, just a little bit yes – well mark your calendars to come to Kaycee, Wyoming this Labor Day Weekend. For more information contact the Kaycee Area Chamber of Commerce or


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