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Summer celebrations kicked off with sheep

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Families lined the streets of downtown, taking pictures and pointing

Families lined the streets of downtown, taking pictures and pointing as the sheep were worked down past Crazy Woman Square on Saturday. This is the first year hosting the Baaafalo Sheep Fest, put on by Buffalo Events Inc. as a celebration of Johnson Counties sheep heritage.

The first ever Baaahffalo Sheep fest was hosted in downtown Buffalo on Saturady, June 5, 2021. The event was kicked off with a brief parade through downtown Buffalo, turning at the creek and bringing everyone to Prosinski Field for a collection of foods, games and wool and sheep-centered activities and booths. 

The sheep were brought down along Main Street

The sheep were brought down along Main Street behind a sheep wagon as one dog was walked behind on a leash and the second worked the sheep down the road and around the corner to turn back toward Prosinski on Saturday.

The crowd of parade watchers moved in waves

The crowd of parade watchers moved in waves down off of mainstream to the main event area on Saturday. Entrance fees were collected at the gate so people could go get into the field for food activities and to watch the sheep dogs work the sheep.

Kaya Pehringer, McKinly Hepp and Karina Bassett relax

From left, Buffalo High School FFA kids Kaya Pehringer, McKinly Hepp and Karina Bassett relax in lawn chairs while Baley the lamb sniffs the camera before getting up to help kids pet and feed the goats and lamb that they brought out for the event on Saturday.

Takota Garland, 5, reaches across the cage to pet the rabbit

Takota Garland, 5, reaches across the cage to pet the rabbit brought by the FFA kids for the petting zoo on Saturday. Garland described the rabid as feeling “soft like a pillow.”

Brooklynn Overton, 3, steadies her hand as the goat Huckleberry

Brooklynn Overton, 3, steadies her hand as the goat Huckleberry comes over to snack on the grain in her hand on Saturday. Two goats were brought to the event Huckleberry and her six-month-old kid.

Ryan Henry, 9, holds still as Dawn DeWitt paints the Tyson tattoo

Ryan Henry, 9, holds still as Dawn DeWitt paints the Tyson tattoo on his face on Saturday. The face painting station was already developing a line as kids eagerly waited for their individual face paint.

Everette Wyman, 9, adds a blue man to the drawing of a red sheep

Everette Wyman, 9, adds a blue man to the drawing of a red sheep on a table cloth on Saturday. Each table had a hand-drawn sheep on it with sharpies for people to add to the drawings.

Kathleen Michelena Smith, 87, boasted her basque heritage

Kathleen Michelena Smith, 87, boasted her basque heritage with full display during the Baaafalo Sheep Fest on Saturday. Smith’s dad came to Buffalo in 1919 from the Basque country - a fact she was proud to share. The Lauburu, the hooked cross, is a symbol of unity in basque culture. Smith wore two necklaces, a bracelet, earrings and a neck cooler all featuring the Lauburu.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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