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Heritage Day & Sheep Trailing more than a small town tradition
10/12/2007 By: Cathy Garcia
The 8th annual Bayfield Heritage Day & Sheep Trailing brought out hundreds of people last Saturday, despite the overcast and chilly temperatures.
Bayfield Heritage Day and Sheep Trailing celebrates the local ranching heritage as well as the changing of the seasons.
This small town tradition attracted locals from Durango as well as out-of-towners that came to Bayfield just for this day.
The event began with an old time parade of tractors and an old gray mare pulling the Pine River Valley Heritage Society wagon. Sloan Mazur pulled the mascot sheep in the wagon during the parade.
Then, the 2,000 or so sheep turned the corner on the west end of historic Mill Street for their annual three-minute run to the east end of Mill Street and south on the Buck Highway, as spectators along the streets cheered them on.
The sheep belong to Bayfield ranchers Houston and Geri Lasater.
After the street was cleared, the crowd quickly gathered in Joe Stephenson Park for a day of live entertainment, eats, wagon rides and play. Award winning husband and wife team, Steve and Terri Taylor, better known as Stampede!, wowed the crowd with their pure western music and yodeling.