The annual Marr Flat calf-branding took place Saturday, April 18, the first beautiful spring day of the season.

The cattle had previously been driven by riders from outside of Enterprise to O.K. Gulch where they overnighted.

Next day they were driven down South Lightning Creek to Peekaboo where they overnighted again.

The next day they went up Big Sheep Creek and were rested a few days.

The branding was done on Saturday at the Blue Meadow Corrals in Imnaha.

Cowboys from all over the county showed up for the event with over 50 individuals (counting babies in arms) either demonstrating or learning traditional cowboying.

At least 25 border collies joined the crew, too, said Tippett, and a hundred good hamburgers were served.

Four generations of cowboys took part.

Each year the event is arranged via the rural channels of "word of mouth," said Tippett, who attended with her son Todd Nash of Marr Flat Natural Beef.

"I went wild," said Janie Tippett about the photos she took. "It's a dying tradition. They do this the old fashioned way. It's a skill."

The cattle will summer on Marr Flatt which is "way up on the divide in the breaks of Big Sheep where the wind never stops," said Tippett.

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