Sheepherder’s Festival showcases culture of shepherds past and present | Local News

Sheepherding has a long history in northeast Wyoming, but it’s something that has continued into the present day.







Sheep Herder Festival

Teresa Lopez plays with a sheep ear Saturday during a sheepherder festival held behind the Rockpile Museum in Gillette.




Stephan Zacharias, a museum educator at the Rockpile Museum, organized the first Powder River Basin Sheepherder’s Festival, which took place Friday and Saturday, to celebrate the culture and history of working sheep in the area, from the Europeans to the South Americans.

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Sheep Herder Festival

Museum Educator Stephan Zacharias, center, talks to guests as he tends to a pot of sheep stew on a wood stove Saturday during the sheepherders festival. Zacharias spent 32 hours at the camp, living in the museum’s historical peat wagon seen behind him.




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A view inside a modern pedestrian wagon used by sheepherders during a festival hosted by the Rockpile Museum in Gillette.




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Museum Educator Stephan Zacharias, center, talks to guests as he tends to a pot of sheep stew on a wood stove Saturday during the sheepherders festival. Zacharias spent 32 hours at the camp, living in the museum’s historical peat wagon seen behind him.




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Museum Educator Stephan Zacharias pulls the lid off a pot of sheep stew on a wood stove Saturday during a sheepherders festival behind the Rockpile Museum in Gillette. Zacharias spent 32 hours at the camp, living in the museum’s historical peat wagon seen behind him.




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A woman steps out of the Rockpile Museum’s historical peat wagon Saturday during a sheepherders festival hosted by the Rockpile Museum in Gillette.




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Sheep Herder Festival

Above: Ellioah Bane, 7, and her sister Zion, 9, visit with sheep dogs resting Saturday during the sheepherders festival.

Left: Museum Educator Stephan Zacharias pulls the lid off a pot of sheep stew on a wood stove.




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