Black Sheep Gathering

We're back on for the Black Sheep Gathering in 2022!

June 24 - 26, 2022, at the
Linn County Expo Center
Albany, Oregon

It feels like an eternity since we have been able to get together with friends with common interests and just have a great time. We may have missed a few anniversaries, but the 48th Annual Black Sheep Gathering at the Linn County Events Center in Albany, Oregon will be the most joyous and celebratory occasion in the history of our event!

We will be following all State and Federal recommendations regarding large gatherings, so be prepared to wear a face mask and maintain social distances if required. We strongly encourage anyone in attendance to be vaccinated to ensure any contact is as safe as possible.

We can’t wait to get together to spin, compete, look for / at beautiful fiber animals, restock our supplies, and get inspired. It’s been a difficult couple of years, to say the least, and everyone is looking forward to seeing friends and celebrating our passions and common interests. We look forward to coming together and making 2022 the best Black Sheep Gathering ever!

Saturday evening is again a night that you won’t want to miss, but we’ll be keeping it safe this year. Bring a picnic to enjoy (no potluck this year), and stay for the Spinners’ Lead where fiber artists will show off their creations and the gorgeous animals that contributed their fiber.

As usual, we’ll have convenient camping and lodging options. You’ll want to make your reservations soon to ensure you have a spot!

As always, admission and parking at the Gathering are free. Bring your families and friends and take part in one of the most unique events in the country celebrating natural-colored animals and their fiber. Please remember, no dogs, other than Service Dogs, are allowed, and Service Dogs are restricted from the animal areas for the safety of animals and participants. The Black Sheep Gathering is an all-volunteer organization that welcomes your suggestions, participation and assistance. For information on specific events, to volunteer or to offer suggestions, please contact any of the committee workers listed on the next page.

Here's a link to a story about the show in the Albany Democrat-Herald.


Judge: Jacob Reister
Reister Farms
Washougal, Washington

Reister Farms was established in 1957 in McMinnville, Oregon and is now a third generation farm located in Washougal, Washington.Read More.


Judge: Bonnie Pember Naumann
Bandera, Texas

Bonnie Pember Naumann was born and raised in Bandera, Texas and she grew up showing Angoras and judging wool and mohair with her local 4H program. Read More.


Wool , Mohair and Alpaca Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

She has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Read More.


Judge: Melissa Harris
Lake City California

She has been involved in fiber arts for 35+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.