Travel, Lodging and Camping Info
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 $169 + tax, and Comfort Suites (541-928-2053) for $169 + tax. These full-service hotels are located on-site and offer a convenient option for lodging.
OVERNIGHT CAMPING FOR RVS is available beginning Wednesday, June 24, 2020 with check-out as late as Monday, June 29, 2020. TENT CAMPING is available Thursday, June 25, 2020 with check-out by Monday, June 29, 2020. Check-out time is noon if your stay ends June 25-27 or on June 29, 2020. Checkout time on Sunday, June 28 is 7pm. Visit the websites below for reservations and rates.
ALL RV AND TENT CAMPERS: Follow the signs to enter via the Livestock, Vendor, and Camping Entrance at the SW corner of the Expo Center.
CHECK IN AT RV SITE #33 UPON ARRIVAL TO PICK UP YOUR CAMPING PERMIT.
PERMITS MUST BE DISPLAYED ON YOUR RV or TENT SITE DURING THE EVENT.
Check-in is generally available from 8am to 9pm daily, or a note will be posted with estimated time of return.
LATE ARRIVALS AND CAMPING RELATED EMERGENCIES:
Mike Todd, (503) 969-2572.
- Water, and restrooms with showers, are available 24 hours/day at the west end of the Cascade Livestock Pavilion.
- Open fires or fireworks are NOT allowed. Propane powered stoves and appliances are permitted but should be placed on pavement or other non-flammable surface.
Dump Station: available beside the most western lane of the Livestock, Vendor and Camping Entrance. No RV Camping sites have sewer hookups. No discharges of any kind are permitted except in the Dump Station.
RV CAMPING WITH HOOK-UPS (and a few perimeter sites with no hookups): Specific, pre-assigned RV Sites, most with hook-ups, may be reserved year-round only at Linn County Expo Center RV Reservations web page. No RV sites have sewer hookups. RV Camping with hook-ups range from 10 amp electric only to 30 amp electric with water. Check in upon arrival at RV Site #33 to pick up your Camping Permit.
RV CAMPING WITHOUT HOOK-UPS: 21 RV Sites without any hookups may be reserved beginning in early April through the end of the event only on this page. Watch this space for a button to click through to register. Site numbers will be assigned at check-in. Check in upon arrival at RV Site #33 to pick up your Camping Permit.
TENT CAMPING: 38 tent camping sites may be reserved beginning in mid April through the end of the event only on this page. Watch this space for a button to click through to register. Site numbers will be assigned at check-in. Select an unoccupied tent site, then check in at RV Site #33 to pick up your Camping Permit.
Tent camping is on the large lawn between the Cascade Livestock Pavilion and the Santiam Building. This is a communal camping experience with rectangular sites outlined on a large lawn adjacent to each other.
- Quiet hours are 10pm to 7am.
- Please use the garbage cans provided.
- Please be considerate of your neighbors.
A few of the sites along the walls of the two buildings have 15 amp electrical outlets for use by those needing to power medical equipment such as CPAP machines.
The concrete sidewalks and aisles down the center of the lawn are to be kept clear for foot and emergency traffic. No vehicles allowed on the lawn. Most parking is in the main lot on the east side of the Expo Center.
Loading and unloading from vehicles is allowed on the west side via the Livestock, Vendor and Camping Entrance.
Limited parking may be available on the west side as well, but do not block the loading/unloading area, and do not park on the west side of the Cascade Livestock Pavilion or your vehicle may be towed.
CANCELLATIONS / NO-SHOWS / REFUNDS: There are no refunds for camping cancellations or no-shows. Neither reservation system is capable of processing refunds or cancellations. However, if you are unable to use your reserved camping site, the Camping Coordinator will try to help you sell it to someone else on a walk-in basis. (There is high demand for RV sites with hookups and for tent camping sites.) To try this option, you must email (preferred) MikeOtodd@me.com or phone Mike Todd 503-969-2572.
Communicate the details of the reservation and your contact information, including your mailing address. If we find someone to buy your reservation, we will collect cash or a check made out to you and mail it to you following the event. We do not guarantee funds, do not charge for this service, and do not warrant that we will be successful. This is not a refund system but more like a “bulletin board” option for you to try to sell your site to another private party.
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.