Shelby’s wish followed a long journey of battling a hematologic disorder, but it appears the anticipation and wait was well worth it. Shelby, who was referred to Make-A-Wish® South Dakota when she was 16, traveled from Hill City to Boise, ID, to attend the 20th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival.
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates the 150+ year tradition of moving sheep (‘trailing’) from high mountain summer pastures down through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas in the south. This annual migration is Idaho living history and a weekend long family-friendly festival that highlights the people, arts, cultures and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the West.
Shelby was treated like a celebrity before she even arrived as the media ran stories about her wish, the first of its kind for the festival. At the airport she was warmly greeted by a large group of cheering new friends and media waiting to meet her. Shelby and her family enjoyed time in Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley. Besides attending the festival they spent a day fly fishing and also went horseback riding.
During her time at the festival, Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little “ read a declaration by Governor Butch Otter that October 8, 2016, was declared “Shelby Huff Day.”
Shelby and her family said they could write a book sharing all the delightful nuances of this ‘trip of a lifetime’. “We were treated warmly and wonderfully every step of the trip.”
Her wish was made possible by the generous support of Adopt-A-Wish Partner Katherine and Kevin Randall of Rapid City. A special thank you to you Make-A-Wish® Idaho and the organizers of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival.