The Old West – Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival
Cedar City – Local residence crowded Main Street Saturday in anticipation for the sheep parade, which is the highlight event of the Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival. 1,000 head of sheep was herded from Cedar Mountain pastures down Cedar City’s Main Street. The first sheep were herded up from Cedar to Cedar Mountain in 1870 by Cedar City cattlemen, and every year since then they have made the trek down to main street to give the residence the “Old West” feel. They also enjoyed watching wagons, horses, antique tractors, youth groups, bag pipe bands and much more at the parade.
The Heritage Festival also offered vendors to sell their merchandise, antique tractor show, horse show, agricultural displays, dutch oven cooking contest, vintage car display, ongoing cowboy poetry, music and more.
Linda Anderson from Beryl, Utah the owner of R Ewe Spinning, a yarn and fiber shop located in Enterprise looks forward to the festival each year and loves talking to locals while working in her booth. Anderson supports the Cedar City and St. George Livestock shows and particularly enjoys watching the sheep parade because it has a special place in her heart. Anderson raised lambs for local 4H and FFA participants, “as we began to reinvent what we did, it was a natural progression into the fiber aspect — carrying wool and exotic fibers such as Ramie, Milk Fiber, Camel, Hemp. Linda said ” Anderson said.
Cedar City was settled in 1851 and the main source of income came from meat, milk, butter, cheese, hides, and wool. Cedar saw it’s first dairy open as a mountain dairy in 1869. By 1890 Cedar City cattlemen went into the sheep business as sheep were ideally suited to southern Utah ranges.
Since then Iron County now has over 150 farms as the county is still dedicated to its livestock industry. You can see their dedication each year as they continue to grow the Livestock and Heritage Festival to honor the first that settled in the Southern Mountains.
Photos courtesy of Andy Anderson