Black Sheep Gathering

Celebrating Natural Colored Animals and their Fibers

If this is your first visit, we extend a special Welcome to our BSG family. We continue to enjoy our growing number of old and new friends.

As always, Admission & Parking at the Gathering are FREE!
Take part in one of the most unique events in the country celebrating natural colored animals and their fiber.

Schedule of Events

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

10:00am-8:00pm • Marketplace vendor booth set-up.
1:00-8:00pm • Begin receiving fleeces. All entries must be checked in by 9am Friday.
• Begin receiving Fiber Arts entries.  All entries must be checked in by 10am Friday.
2:00-10:00pm • Fairgrounds open for livestock arrival and camper set-up. Health certificates checked.

Friday, June 29, 2018

7-8am • Livestock check-in continues
8:15-9am Workshop Check-In Opens
  • Resume receiving fleeces.
All livestock must be in place. No livestock may arrive after this time.
• Resume receiving Fiber Arts entries.
9:00am Workshops Begin
  Sheep Show in Show Ring A. Sheep Show begins, lunch break at judges’ discretion (order to be determined based on entries and will be sent out to exhibitors after June 1 and posted at the show ring).
Marketplace opens.
Sheep-to-Shawl — competition begins.
All fleeces in place.
No entries accepted after this time.
10:00am Fleece Show—Wool Fleece judging begins, open to the public.
• Class 00: For Sale Only Fleeces—sale begins.
All Fiber Arts entries in place.
   No Fiber Arts will be accepted after this time.
12:45-1:30pm Workshop Check-In Opens
1:00pm Fiber Arts—Judging open to the public.
1:30pm Workshops Begin
2:00pm Sheep-to-Shawl — competition ends.
4:00pm Fleece Show — Mohair Fleece judging begins (start time approximate).
by 7:00pm Fiber Arts Judging closes — Presentation of the Black Sheep Cup and Black Lamb Cup at the completion of judging.
6:00pm Marketplace closes.
  Fleece Show closes for the day.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

8:15-9am Workshop Check-In Opens
9:00am Workshops Begin
  FLeece Show—judging resumes.
Class 00: For Sale Only Fleeces—sale resumes.
Sheep Show continues, lunch break at judges' discretion. (order to be determined based on entries and will be sent out to exhibitors after June 1 and posted at the show ring).
Marketplace opens.
Angora Goat Shows
   Lot P: Registered Angora Goats.
   Lot Q: Registered Colored Angora Goats.
10:00am Fiber Arts Display opens.
10:30am Alpaca Fleece Judging begins.Start time approximate.
Noon FLeece Show Judging closes.
• Presentation of the Black Sheep Cup for the Five Most Valuable Fleeces for Handspinning from a Single Producer. Start time approximate.
Workshop Check-In Opens
1:00pm Sheep Show
Fleece Show open for public viewing. Start time approximate.
1:30pm Workshops Begin
1:45pm Fleece Show viewing closes.
2:15pm Fleece Sale begins. Start time approximate.
4:00pm Start time approximate. At the conclusion of the Sheep Show, presentation of the Black Sheep Cup for Best Young Flock and The Glen Eidman Memorial Trophy for Best Sheep in Show.
5:00pm Fleece Sale closes.
Fiber Arts Display closes.
Marketplace closes.
5:30pm Potluck, no host bar.
6:30pm Potluck dinner and socializing. Bring a dish to share, and your sheep tales.
8:00pm Spinner’s Lead, in show ring. Start time approximate.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

8:15-9am Workshop Check-In Opens
9:00am Workshops Begin
  Junior Sheep Show
   Junior Exhibitors: Free Showmanship Workshop presented by Maria Rooney, after judging.
Colored Angora Goat Registry Inspection Training
Fleece Sale opens.
Marketplace opens.
Fiber Arts Display opens.
Workshop Check-In Opens
1:30pm Workshops Begin
2:00pm Fiber Arts Display closes.
3:00pm Fleece Sale closes. Unsold fleece must be claimed between 3-5pm.
4:00pm Release of all animals.
Marketplace closes.
2:00-5:00pm • Release of Fiber Arts items.
6:00pm Grounds must be vacated.


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.