Black Sheep Gathering

FLEECE SHOW AND SALE

HELD IN THE SANTIAM BUILDING
Click here for entry forms.
  • Entry fee: $6 for each fleece for show or for sale.
  • All entries must be postmarked by June 7, 2018. NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.
  • All fleece must be entered in the name of the producer. An agent may enter and retrieve fleece with a letter from the grower. The show clerk will not accept mailed fleece.
  • Intake of fleece from 1-8pm, Thursday, June 28. All entries must be in place by 9am Friday.
  • Judging begins 10am Friday. The wool sale for Class 00 also begins at 10am Friday.
  • Awards: ribbons will be awarded through 6th place.
  • Prizes will be awarded for Champion and Reserve Champion Natural Colored and White Fleeces. The perennial Black Sheep Cup, sponsored by the Black Sheep Newsletter, will be awarded to the winner of the Five Most Valuable Fleeces for Handspinning from a Single Producer. To be considered, growers must enter Class 32 and pay a separate entry fee of $10 (one fee, not per fleece).
  • A 10% handling fee will be collected on all fleeces sold at the wool and mohair sale.
  • All unsold fleece must be claimed by the producer or agent between 3–5pm Sunday, July 1, 2018. No release of "for sale" fleeces before that time. All unclaimed fleece will be destroyed.

FLEECE SHOW RULES:

  1. All show fleeces will be judged on the basis of handspinning quality and character, stressing cleanliness, strength and uniformity.
  2. A fleece for show and sale must be properly rolled and placed in a clear plastic bag to be presented for show. No tied fleeces. Mohair fleeces do not have to be rolled.
    No fleeces with mothballs will be allowed in the show. Please air your fleeces extensively, as some people are extremely sensitive to these chemicals. The show chair reserves the right to eliminate these fleeces from the sale and show.
    The BSG Wool Show is a handspinners' show. Handspinning characteristics of the fleece are the primary judging criteria. Judges reserve the right to carefully unroll fleeces. Fine wool fleeces may be rolled with paper liners to prevent sticking.
  3. Each entry must be tagged with a Black Sheep Gathering tag available at the check-in table. Clear plastic bags will be avail- able for sale.
  4. Sellers will receive a signed original receipt.
  5. Participants are required to pick up unsold fleeces and must sign a release sheet at check out time on Sunday. If all fleeces have been sold, this may be done earlier as record-keeping allows. Participants will receive a check via mail for their fleece sales (less 10% handling fee), within 30 days of the BSG.
  6. Fleece Show judging is limited by time and space on a firstcome, first-served basis. Please send entry form in as early as possible.
  7. Number of entries: Producers may enter up to 20 fleeces in the FLEECE SHOW except for Class 00 which has no limit on entries. Entries Per Class: Producers may enter 4 (four) fleeces per class.
  8. Wool, Mohair and Alpaca will be accepted for table sale (Class 00: FOR SALE ONLY). Class 00: the rule is "Buyer Beware" because they are not judged. However, many nice fleeces are entered in this class, and the BSG would like to continue to offer this marketing opportunity for producers. The committee chair, to maintain the standard of the show, will pull fleeces with wool rot or other extensive problems. Class 00: For Sale Only Fleeces – sale will begin on Friday at 10am.
  9. Promotional materials may be inserted in fleeces only after judging except for Class 00 which may be included at the beginning of the sale.
  10. BSG Wool Show Committee Chair reserves the right to pull fleeces from the Fleece Show and Sale upon the recommendation of the judge in order to maintain the recognized high standards of quality handspinning fleeces. Fleeces with wool rot, abnormal "vegetation" or other disqualifying issues will be pulled with a note provided as to the cause. Please see the chairperson at the registration table with fleeces that are questionable.

WOOL SHOW

Wool Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert • Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Your judge for the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering is Dr. Geof Ruppert. His involvement with sheep began in 1976 with a starter flock of Corriedales, chosen in part because of his mother’s interest in the fiber arts. Along the way, he participated in judging livestock through 4-H, where he was on the Maryland State judging team. After completing undergraduate studies and vet school at Virginia Tech, Geof began judging county fairs, mostly in New England. Dr. Ruppert has also judged the National Junior Corriedale show and the New England Sheep sale as well as the National Merino sale, held in conjunction with the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.

Over the years his Corriedale flock has endured, and he has added a separate flock of Cormos to explore the finer end of the wool spectrum. After meeting with Corriedale breeders from around the world at the 2000 World Corriedale Congress, Geof realized that American Corriedale wool quality could be improved by introducing Australian Corriedales to his flock. Since 2001, the Rupperts have been pursuing an artificial insemination program using Australian rams that reach back to the very roots of the breed.

In 2014 the American Corriedale Association held its 100th year anniversary celebration. Ruppert’s Corriedales participated in the National Show with just one ram entry; winning Best Fleece overall and best headed Corriedale. Today, Geof divides his time between his sheep and his companion animal practice, but he sneaks off to Australia every chance he gets to learn more about that most amazing and versatile fiber … wool!

Wool Classes

(please note that some class numbers have changed)
  1. Solid colored common and braid (44s and coarser)
  2. Solid colored longwool (46-50s)
  3. Solid colored medium (52-58s)
  4. Solid colored fine (60s and higher)
  5. Variegated common and braid (44s and coarser)
  6. Variegated longwool (46-50s)
  7. Variegated medium (52-58s)
  8. Variegated fine (60s and higher)
  9. Purebred colored Romney
  10. Purebred colored Lincoln
  11. Purebred Jacob
  12. Purebred colored Corriedale
  13. Purebred colored common and braid (44s and coarser)
  14. Purebred colored longwool (46-50s)
  15. Purebred colored medium (52-58s)
  16. Purebred colored fine (60s and higher)
  17. White common and braid wool (44s and coarser)
  18. White long wool (46-50s)
  19. White medium (52-58s)
  20. White fine (60s and higher)
  21. White Romney
  22. White Lincoln
  23. 22BLL.Bluefaced Leicester Lamb (under 1 year age)
    22BLH. Bluefaced Leicester Hogget (between 1-2 years age)
    22BLA. Bluefaced Leicester Adult (greater than 2 years)
  24. White Corriedale
  25. White Cormo
  26. White Merino
  27. Purebred white common and braid (44s and coarser)
  28. Purebred white longwool (46-50s)
  29. Purebred white medium (52-58s)
  30. Purebred white fine (60s and higher)
  31. Shetland yearling and younger
  32. Shetland mature
  33. Primitive
  34. Purebred Icelandic
  35. Five Most Valuable Fleeces for Handspinning from a Single Producer. Each fleece will be judged on strength, elasticity, uniformity, breed characteristics, cleanliness and spinning quality. The exhibitor must preselect and indicate by an * in the class column, the five fleece to be judged. A $10 one-time fee is required.
  36. 00. For Sale Only. This class is not judged and there is no limit on the number of entries. Fleeces with wool rot or other extensive problems will be pulled by the committee chair.

MOHAIR SHOW

Mohair Judge: Dr. Andy Laughlin • Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Andy Laughlin grew up in the rural town of Ingram, Texas located in the heart of the hill country. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A & M Univerisity (TAMU), he served as an assistant county agent in Val Verde County. He then moved to San Angelo where he served as the assistant sheep and goat specialist for the state of Texas. After completion of his master’s degree from Angelo State University, he moved to College Station to complete his PhD in the Physiology of Reproduction from TAMU. Andy grew up raising sheep and Angora goats He has extensive judging experience including the Kerrville, San Antonio and San Angelo Angora Goat Shows.

Classes

    WHITE MOHAIR FLEECES
  1. White fall doe kid.
  2. White fall buck kid.
  3. White spring doe kid.
  4. White spring buck kid.
  5. White yearling doe.
  6. White yearling buck.
  7. White aged doe.
  8. White wether.

  9. COLORED MOHAIR FLEECES
  10. Colored fall doe kid.
  11. Colored fall buck kid.
  12. Colored spring doe kid.
  13. Colored spring buck kid.
  14. Colored yearling doe.
  15. Colored yearling buck.
  16. Colored aged doe.
  17. Colored wether.

ALPACA SHOW

Alpacas and alpaca products will be located in Cascade Building. Alpaca fleeces may be entered in the show and sale. Alpaca fleeces may also be entered in Class 00: For Sale Only Fleeces and Class 34: Five Most Valuable Fleeces for Handspinning.

All entries will follow the Fleece Show rules and be judged on the basis of handspinning quality and character, luster/brightness, stressing cleanliness, strength and uniformity.

The Alpaca Association of Western Oregon alpacafarmsoregon.org will provide specialty awards for Judge’s Choice for Best hand and for Luster/ Brightness for each breed.

Alpaca Judge: Dr. Geof Rupert • Fairfield, Pennsylvania

See bio above.

Alpacas

Alpaca Classes

    SURI ALPACA FLEECES
  1. Suri Juvenile (6 months to 365 days) white
  2. Suri Juvenile light to medium fawn
  3. Suri Juvenile dark
  4. Suri Yearling (1 year old) white
  5. Suri Yearling light to medium fawn
  6. Suri Yearling dark
  7. Suri 2+ years white
  8. Suri 2+ years light to medium fawn
  9. Suri 2+ years dark

  10. HUACAYA ALPACA FLEECES
  11. Huacaya Juvenile (6 months to 365 days) white
  12. Huacaya Juvenile light to medium fawn
  13. Huacaya Juvenile dark
  14. Huacaya Yearling white
  15. Huacaya Yearling light to medium fawn
  16. Huacaya Yearling dark
  17. Huacaya 2+ years white
  18. Huacaya 2+ years light to medium fawn
  19. Huacaya 2+ years dark

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: Zane Bone
College Station, Texas

I am a 4th generation sheep and goat raiser from the Texas Hill Country. My father was a state winning sheep and goat vocational agricultural teacher; my mom was also from a ranching background. Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Dr. Andy Laughlin
Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Andy Laughlin grew up in the rural town of Ingram, Texas located in the heart of the hill country. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A & M Univerisity. Read More.

FLEECE SHOW

Wool Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Your judge for the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering is Dr. Geof Ruppert. His involvement with sheep began in 1976 with a starter flock of Corriedales, chosen in part because of his mother’s interest in the fiber arts. Read More.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Marian Dyche
The Dalles, Oregon

I learned to spin when I moved to Oregon about 20 years ago, joined the Columbia Fibres Guild and also learned to live life as it really should be. Read More.