Black Sheep Gathering
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This is the 43nd Anniversary of the Black Sheep Gathering — a premier event showcasing fiber and fiber-related products

The dates for the 2017 show are Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25. The location is the same as in previous years, the Lane County Fairgrounds at 13th and Monroe Streets in Eugene, Oregon. 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.

VENDOR News for 2017

The Vendor Marketplace will be held again this year in the Exhibit Hall which is within the Convention Center (see map). We are happy to have Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and nice restrooms. Workshops will be in the same building, convenient for shoppers. The Marketplace 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 Exhibit Hall.

Booth details:

  • 10' x 10' booth (single booth) is $250.
  • 20' x 10' (double booth) is $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, 2017 through March 15, 2017 will be considered.

If your application is late, it will NOT be considered, including returning vendors, so plan ahead! Postmarks prior to March 1, 2017 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 22. 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- 9AM to 4PM

RAW wool and mohair fleeces may only be sold in the BSG Wool and Mohair 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.

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 5th, 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.

Send checks and form to Lois Olund, Bellwether Wool Company, PO Box 592, Philomath, OR 97370

Marketplace Team:


Judge: Scott Culver
Corvallis, Oregon

Hello, my name is Scott Culver. I am a second generation sheep- herder. My father, Morris Culver, introduced me to the Romney sheep business at an early age. Read More.


Judge: Dr. Fred Speck
Kerrville, Texas

Dr. Fred Speck is a 5th generation Texas Angora goat producer. His grandfather gave him eight registered angora does and one buck to start his own herd when he was eight years old. Read More.


Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

Judith MacKenzie 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
Surprise Valley, California

Melissa Harris has been involved in fiber arts for 30+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.