Black Sheep Gathering


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  • Entry fee: $6 for each fleece for show or for sale.
  • All entries must be postmarked by June 13, 2019. 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, July 4, 2019. 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 7, 2019. No release of "for sale" fleeces before that time. All unclaimed fleece will be destroyed.


  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 , Mohair and Alpaca 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 vocationalagricultural teacher; my mom was also from a ranching background.

My mom’s brother was one of the best known sheep and goat 4- H agents this state ever had. My grandfather ran a working cattle, horse, sheep and goat ranch for a family estate for 40 years. It was no wonder I ended up liking sheep and goats.

I was involved in 4-H and FFA as a youth, and I judged wool and mohair until attending college at Texas A&M University where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy. Growing up on the ranch, I’ve had my own Rambouillet sheep and Angora goat herds. It was through this diversity that I found my true love for sheep and goats; I work to design breeding programs with different goals in mind.

In the past few years I’ve been invited to judge at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the Mountain State Fair in Asheville, North Carolina and the Maryland State Fair. It has been a true blessing that I have found to be very rewarding and refreshing. Being involved in these shows has awoken a new desire to see sheep through a different lens again. Who knows? Upon the completion of my children’s show careers, we may just give fiber a new whirl. I think I am again catching the bug you all have.

Every show I am asked to judge has been an honor and brings great rewards. It has been so refreshing to see sheep showing as it was intended, both educational and a time of fellowship. Fiber festivals have renewed my hope that exhibition can be about more than a ribbon; it can be about the love of sheep and the acceptance of the diversity sheep can bring. Each breed fascinates me in different ways. I so look forward to judging the Black Sheep Gathering and seeing what the West Coast has to offer. Thanks in advance and may all of you have safe travels and outstanding lamb crops.


(please note that some class numbers have changed)
    00.FOR SALE ONLY (see description below)
  1. Primitive/double coated
  2. Solid colored longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  3. Solid colored medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  4. Solid colored fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  5. Variegated longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  6. Variegated medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  7. Variegated fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  8. Purebred colored longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  9. Purebred colored medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  10. Purebred colored fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  11. Colored Romney
  12. Jacob
  13. Icelandic
  14. Gotland
  15. Shetland yearling and younger
  16. Shetland Mature
  17. Colored Corriedale
  18. Colored Merino
  21. Purebred white longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  22. Purebred white medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  23. Purebred white fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  24. White longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  25. White medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  26. White fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  27. White Lincoln
  28. White Romney
  29. White Corriedale
  30. White Cormo
  31. White Merino
  32. NCWGA Primitive *
  33. NCWGA Longwool *
  34. NCWGA Medium*
  35. NCWGA Fine*

* Special category sponsored by National Colored Wool Grower’s Association who will be holding their national meeting this year at BSG. Special awards provided by NCWGA.


    00.FOR SALE ONLY (see description below)
  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 fall doe kid.
  10. Colored fall buck kid.
  11. Colored spring doe kid.
  12. Colored spring buck kid.
  13. Colored yearling doe.
  14. Colored yearling buck.
  15. Colored aged doe.
  16. Colored wether.


    00. FOR SALE ONLY (see description below)
  1. Suri Juvenile (under 1 year), white and light colored (light beige and light fawn)
  2. Suri Juvenile dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  3. Suri Adult (1-3 years old) white and light colored
  4. Suri Adult (1-3 years old) dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  5. Suri Mature (greater than 3 years), white and light colofed
  6. Suri Mature (greater than 3 years) dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  1. Huacaya Juvenile (under 1 year) white, light colored (lt. beige and lt. fawn)
  2. Huacaya Juvenile dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  3. Huacaya Adult (1-3 years) white and light colored
  4. Huacaya Adult (1-3 years) dark colored
  5. Huacaya Mature (over 3 years) white and light colored
  6. Huacaya Mature dark colored
  1. FIVE MOST VALUABLE FLEECES FOR HANDSPINNING FROM A SINGLE PRODUCER. Each fleece will be judged in strength, elasticity, uniformity, breed characteristics, cleanliness and spinning quality. Exhibitor must preselect and indicate with an * in the class column, the five fleeces to be judged. A one-time fee of $10 is required.
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.


Judge: John Merlau
New Palestine, Indiana

I currently raise both registered Natural Colored and Corriedale sheep on our central Indiana farm, having started with registered Corriedales as a 4-H youth in 1959.Read More.


Judge: Clay Kneese
Harper, Texas

Clay has raised Angora goats since the early ’80s. His fine-haired Angoras have won championships at all the major shows in Texas. Read More.


Wool , Mohair and Alpaca 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. Read More.


Judge: Michael Kelson
Seattle, Washington

Michael Kelson started his fiber-arts journey when he learned to knit over 12 years ago. Read More.