Sheepherders' Ball

January 19 - 20, 2018

The Old Sheepherders Gathering at the Border Inn in Baker brings together sheepherders, ranchers, trappers, truckers of sheep, and the like who work in the seep industry, along with members of their families, to swap stories, poems, lies, and nuggets of unrecorded history.

This will be the 15th Annual tribute to the tough men who trailed the sheep bands through this Utah-Nevada country in years past.


The open valleys and mountains of eastern Nevada have been home to roaming bands of sheep and their herders for more than 100 years. During the long cold winters, these herders were often the few customers who kept The Border Inn in business. To show her appreciation, owner Denys Koyle threw a "Sheepherder's Party" in January 2003. Herders young and old came from many states to trade stories and enjoy dinner and singing. This is now an annual event.

This event may seem bitter because these old fellows are dying away as the American sheep industry itself is dying, but it is also sweet because the heartfelt show of appreciation for their years of hard labor, the good food, and the fun.

This very unique and special event will be held at the Border Inn and will feature western folk music performed by the multiple award winning singer-songwriter Mary Kaye. This will be a repeat performance and she is very excited to return to this one-of-a-kind event.

Friday night, Denys Koyle, owner of the Border Inn, will provide an appreciation dinner for the sheep industry.

Saturday, Jan. 20 is open to the public with a sourdough pancake breakfast served from 6:30 to 10 a.m. For interested individuals breakfast is followed by a tour of Chrystal Ball Cave at Gandy. Make reservations through Koyle at 775-234-7312.

At 3:00 p.m. Mary Kaye will present a concert of songs, old and new, that celebrate our western culture. Afterwards there will be a Basque style dinner (well worth the price)  followed by a Sheepherders Ball at 7:30 p.m. Music will be probided by the Silver Sage Family Band.

The Sheepherder's Ball is held in the recently enlarged Border Inn, a landmark on Highways US50/6 at the Utah line.