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19th Annual Old Sheepherders Gathering

Territorial Statehouse
50 W Capitol Ave, Fillmore, UT

Saturday - February 24

Registration Fee $25
Due at time of registration (includes lunch)

10:00-Noon
Welcome to arrive and catch up with friends

Noon-1:00 pm
Lunch Buffet, catered by Ashton Meats

1:00-3:00 pm
Storytelling featuring Clive Romney, Sam Payne, Suzanne Payne, and Joe Frischknecht + Open Mic

Reservations
Reservations are required prior to the event.
Checks can also be mailed to the Territorial Statehouse at 50 West Capitol Ave, Fillmore, UT 84631. Please include name and number of attendees with payment.

2024 Old Sheepherders' Gathering Invitation

History of the Gathering
Authentic, entertaining, inter-generational: there’s nothing like the Old Sheepherders’ Gathering at the Border Inn on the Utah-Nevada state line! Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership co-founder Denys Koyle first hosted the event in 2003 to say “thank you” to the herders who kept her business afloat in the slow winter months. After dinner that first year, attendees began talking about their days on the desert and the tradition of the annual story-telling event was born. Recent gatherings have expanded to include professors, students, photographers, and film-makers interested in the history and culture of raising sheep in the Great Basin Desert. Every January, sheepherders and their families from across western Utah and eastern Nevada converge at the state line for a weekend of comradery. But the event is more than mere reminiscing: the Gathering is a venue for passing on history to younger generations and sharing a bit of sheep industry culture with the non-initiated. Friday’s buffet dinner is for sheep folk, but the open-mic program Friday night and all of Saturday's events (the musical entertainment, Basque family-style dinner, and the Sheepherders’ Ball) are open to the public.