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WATCH: Mantua sheep drive continues decades-long tradition

Mantua Sheep Drive
Posted at 2:58 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 16:58:31-04

MANTUA, Utah — For nearly nine decades it's been a yearly tradition to find sheep rambling down the streets and highways of northern Utah.

The Mantua Sheep Drive continued that tradition Friday as thousands of sheep were herded down the very same route that's been followed since the 30s.

Mantua sheep drive continues decades-long tradition

The sheep were walked down U.S. 89 from their home in Mantua for the journey to their winter pasture over 20 miles away in Corinne, a yearly event started by the Jensen family. The route even takes the sheep along the highway, drawing plenty of awkward stares from motorists.

Children and parents line the route like a parade as they watch the sheep walk by.

The trip is usually split into two sections about 11 miles each to allow the sheep to rest midway through the walk.