What all started out as a "punny" situation during Montana's 1989 Centennial Celebration has grown to rival the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. Reedpoint, Montana's annual "Running of the Sheep" is a wild and wooly affair that visitors flock to each September and no one reports having a "baaaaad" time.
"We were only going to do it one year, but we had such a good time we decided to do it again," reports Connie Schlievert, one of the 26 Reedpoint Community Club members organizing the annual "Running of the Sheep" extravaganza.
Reedpoint's first formal sheep run was a good-humored "bleet" in the face of Montana's Great Centennial Cattle Drive organized by Latigo, Inc., to celebrate Montana's 100 years of statehood. Reedpoint's "Let 'er Go, Unincorporated" countered with the Great Centennial Sheep Drive and attracted almost 12,000 people to their town that is home to just 96 folks.
Each year since, hundreds of Montana-bred woolies have entertained Labor Day Weekend crowds with their running and jumping down Reedpoint's four-block long main street. The community celebration features Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep competitions, prizes for the ugliest sheep and smelliest sheepherder, kids' games, street dances, arts and crafts displays and more. Celebrities like Meryl Sheep have been sighted at past Reepoint gatherings.
All proceeds from this shear enjoyment go toward community improvement projects.