Sheepherder's Ball set for Feb. 26

Friday, February 11, 2011
The Oinkari Dancers from Boise will showcase traditional Basque dances during this year's Sheepherders Ball. The performance is expected to culminate with the Ikurriņa, or flag dance, which pays respect to their native homeland and remains an importance symbol of the Basque people. Photo by Brian S. Orban

Basques from Mountain Home and surrounding communities will gather later this month to celebrate their culture and share it with others during the 51st Annual Basque Sheepherders' Ball.

Held Feb. 26 at the Elk's Lodge just a block from the city's historic Basque district, the evening features food, music and dancing unique to this ethnic European culture.

Open to the general public, especially those curious about learning more about the Basque lifestyle, doors to the annual ball open at 7 p.m. with events scheduled to continue until midnight.

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