Black Sheep Gathering
Marketplace floor

This is the 44th Anniversary of the Black Sheep Gathering — a premier event showcasing fiber and fiber-related products

Marketplace Booth Applications
for 2018 are now available.

The dates for the 2018 show are Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1.

VENDOR News for 2018

The location is new: the LINN COUNTY EXPO CENTER at 3700 KNOX BUTTE RD E, ALBANY, OREGON at exit 234. The new location is convenient to I-5 about one hour south of the Portland metro area and the facilities are up to date and very well maintained. During the Gathering, thousands of people come through the marketplace. It is an excellent place to sell all kinds of fiber-related products and to create exposure for your business.

The Vendor Marketplace will be held in the Willamette Event Center. We are happy to have Wi-Fi, airconditioning and nice restrooms. Workshops will be in the same building, convenient for shoppers. The Wilamette Event Center also features the Fiber Arts Show, Educational Talks and Demonstrations and a large central Spinning Area. The Information Booth will be in the Foyer of the Willamette Event Center.

Booth details:

  • 5' x 10' @ $125
  • 10' x 10' @ $250
  • 10' x 15' @ $375
  • 10' x 20' Booth @ $500

All booths include one 8' table with tablecloth and one chair, (doubles include 2 tables and 2 chairs). Additional tables are $10 and chairs are $2 each and must be ordered on your application. Extra tables will not be available at the show. Booths may be shared by more than one vendor, but only one vendor will be considered the “owner.” No subletting of booths is permitted. Vendors are expected to keep their booth open for the entire show and will not be asked to return in future years if they do not do this. Fire codes require that your booth display not block aisles and must fit into the space allowed. Electricity is available in most of the Vendor Booths for a $25 fee per vendor.

Only booth applications postmarked from March 1-15, 2018 will be considered.

If your application is late, it will NOT be considered, including returning vendors, so plan ahead! Postmarks prior to March 1, 2018 are assumed to be postmarked on March 1 to give all vendors an equal chance to have their application considered. The Marketplace Team aspires to decide booth assignments and mail notices by March 31st so that you will have plenty of time to get ready for the show.

Returning vendors are given priority and then ALL other applications that meet the criteria for BSG are held until the committee has reviewed them (before March 31st). Vendors are chosen to create the most “balanced” Marketplace possible. Vendors not chosen this year are welcome to apply next year. The Marketplace Team may reject applications from applicants whose products do not clearly support the Black Sheep Gathering mission statement and goals, or that do not offer at least 75% fiber or fiber animal related products. This includes returning vendors. If we are concerned that your products may not reach this percentage, we may contact you for clarification.

In the likely event that applicants outnumber openings and all booths have been filled, a waiting list will be started. We may contact you to ask if you would like your check and application held in case space becomes available. Also, if you would be willing to “jump in” at the last minute due to a vendor cancellation, please note that on your application. This could happen right up to the show’s opening and is usually most easily filled by local vendors, although being local to the show is not a requirement.

Move-in and set-up will be from 10am to 8pm on Thursday, June 28. All booth spaces will be marked prior to this time and booth assignment lists will be posted at all incoming doors.

The buildings will be open during these times and will be locked at other times for security:

  • Friday -8AM to 6PM
  • Saturday- 8AM to 5:30PM
  • Sunday- 8AM to 4PM

RAW wool, mohair and alpaca fleeces may only be sold in the BSG Fleece Show and Sale, NOT at the Marketplace. Processed or washed fibers can be sold in Marketplace booths. Fleece entry information can be found in another portion of this catalog.

Please leave your pets at home.

Cancellation / Booth Fee Refund Policy: 50% of your application fee is non-refundable. The other 50% can be returned to you, for any reason, up until May 1st. After May 1st, return of 50% of your application fee will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Illness, death or natural disaster would be acceptable reasons to request a partial refund.After June 14th, two weeks before the show, no refunds will be given for any reason.

Contact the Marketplace Team with Marketplace-related questions using the email addresses (preferable) or phone numbers below. Let us know how we can help you. We hope to see you there.

Marketplace Team:


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.


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.


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.


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.