Black Sheep Gathering

Travel and Lodging Info

Linn County Expo Center

Black Sheep Gathering will be held at:
Linn County Fairgrounds
3700 Knox Butte Rd E
Albany, OR 97322


Traveling from the north, take I-5S freeway exit 234A. From the south, take I-5N freeway exit 234. Follow Knox Butte Rd. East to Expo Parkway NE.


Black Sheep Gathering has reserved a small block of rooms at Holiday Inn Express (541-928-8820) for $139.00, and Comfort Suites (541-928-2053) for $129.00. These full-service hotels are located on-site and offer a convenient option for lodging. Links to other options can be found Here.


Overnight camping for RVs will be available at Linn County Fairgrounds on a reservations basis only. You can make Reservations Here. Group reservations can be made by completing a reservation for each site you wish to use; available sites are indicated when you register. Tent camping is available on a first come-first served basis.

Good news for campers!

You can pre-register for tent and overflow dry camping. There will be 20 tent sites and 28 RV sites available. You’ll register with BSG for $12/night, and we’ll pay the fairgrounds. The sites will be assigned when you arrive and check in. Water, showers, restrooms, and dump station will be available, but there will be no electricity or water hookups. If you stay in a vehicle, it will need to be registered in one of the RV sites, but no vehicles will be allowed in the grassy tent area. Click Here to see the Camping Map

There are two nearby RV parks within walking distance, full hook-up availability, and comparably priced rates. Check out Knox Butte RV Park or The Blue Ox RV Park.

NO camping of any kind is allowed in the gravel lot.

Rent an RV from Guaranty RV Super Centers


A map of the facilities is available Here


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