Black Sheep Gathering — a premier event showcasing fiber and fiber-related products
Marketplace Booth Applications
for 2023 are now available.
Click Here for the form.
The dates for the 2023 show are Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25.
The location is the LINN COUNTY EXPO CENTER at 3700 KNOX BUTTE RD E, ALBANY, OREGON at exit 234. This location is convenient to I-5 about one hour south of the Portland metro area; 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 Willamette Event Center also features the Fiber Arts Show, Educational Talks and Demonstrations and a large Spinning Area. The Information Booth will be in the Foyer of the Willamette Event Center.
A limited number of 5' x 10' @ $120 available
- 10' x 10' @ $245
- 10' x 15' @ $365
- 10' x 20' @ $490
- 10' x 30' @ $735
- 10' x 40' @ $980
TABLES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE BOOTH SPACE. THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU WANT A TABLE OR CHAIR, YOU MUST ORDER IT SEPARATELY. Tables are $5 and chairs are $2 each and must be ordered on your application. Extra tables and chairs 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" and each vendor must submit a separate application. No subletting of booths is permitted. Vendors are expected to keep their booths open for the entire show and will not be allowed 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.
Please submit your application by March 1, 2023. Applications submitted after that date will be considered if booth space remains available after the first group of applications is reviewed.
The Marketplace Team aspires to decide booth assignments and email notices by April 30th so that there will be plenty of time to get ready for the show.
Returning vendors are given priority and new vendors will be considered for any remaining booths. 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 maintained. 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 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 22. All booth spaces will be marked prior to this time and booth assignment lists will be posted in the Marketplace.
The buildings will be open during these times and will be locked at other times for security:
- Friday: 8AM to 6:30PM
- Saturday: 8AM to 5:30PM
- Sunday: 8AM to 6PM
Marketplace Open Hours:
- Friday: 9am-6pm
- Saturday: 9am-5pm (followed by Potluck at 5:30pm)
- Sunday: 9am-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.
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. After June 10th, two weeks before the show, no refunds will be given for any reason. Please notify the Marketplace Team if you must cancel so that we may fill the booth space. Failure to provide notification will disqualify you from consideration for a booth in the future.
Contact the Marketplace Team with Marketplace-related questions. Let us know how we can help you. We hope to see you there.