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 22, 2017

10:00am-8:00pm • Marketplace vendor booth set-up.
1:00-8:00pm • Begin receiving wool and mohair 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 23, 2017

7-8am • Livestock check-in continues
8:15-9am Workshop Check-In Opens
8:00am • 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 Wool and Mohair fleeces in place.
No entries accepted after this time.
10:00am Wool, Mohair and Alpaca 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 Wool, Mohair and Alpaca 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.
  Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Show closes for the day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

8:15-9am Workshop Check-In Opens
9:00am Workshops Begin
  Wool, Mohair and Alpaca 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 hosting the 2017 Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association National Show
   Lot P: Registered Angora Goats.
   Lot Q: Registered Colored Angora Goats.
10:00am Fiber Arts Display opens.
Noon Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Show Judging closes.
• Presentation of the Black Sheep Cup for the Five Most Valuable Fleeces for Handspinning from a Single Producer. Start time approximate.
12:45-
1:30pm
Workshop Check-In Opens
1:00pm Sheep Show
Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Show open for public viewing. Start time approximate.
1:30pm Workshops Begin
1:45pm Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Show viewing closes.
2:15pm Wool, Mohair and Alpaca 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 Wool, Mohair and Alpaca 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, June 25, 2017

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
Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Sale opens.
Marketplace opens.
Fiber Arts Display opens.
12:45-
1:30pm
Workshop Check-In Opens
1:30pm Workshops Begin
2:00pm Fiber Arts Display closes.
3:30pm Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Sale closes.
4:00pm Release of all animals.
Marketplace closes.
2:00-5:00pm • Release of Fiber Arts items.
6:00pm Grounds must be vacated.

SHEEP SHOW

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.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

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.

WOOL, MOHAIR & ALPACA SHOW

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.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

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.