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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.