A Wooly Good Time In Cedar City
It’s October which means it’s sheep festival time again in Cedar City.
Every year the Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival takes place in October as the sheep are brought back into town after grazing on the surrounding mountain ranges.
The festival not only includes the Saturday parade, but also includes the Livestock Festival, Antique Tractor and Machinery Show, rodeos, and more.
According to the Cedar City Livestock Fest site, Cedar City was settled in 1851, and livestock production, a significant part of the agrarian society, was the main source of income from meat, milk, butter, cheese, hides, and wool.
By the late 1860s, the residents took up homesteads in the nearby mountains and livestock men soon realized that sheep were ideally suited to Southern Utah ranges.
Saturday was the sheep parade in downtown Cedar City and the cold weather didn’t stop a huge crowd of people and sheep gathering on Main Street.