Black Sheep Gathering

Volunteers Needed

Black Sheep Gathering is run entirely by volunteers and we welcome your help! For information on specific events, to volunteer or to offer suggestions, please contact Janice Alleman, BSG Workshops Committee, or contact specific committee members below:

Wool Show/Sale - Liz Hubbard,
We need volunteers to help Thursday with checking in fleeces. Time is between 1-8pm. Jobs include weighing the fleeces, and helping producers with their paperwork. We also need people to carry the fleeces to tables. Friday, we need help during the judging from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Saturday, we need help again with the judging. And then during the first few crazy hours of the fleece sale!

Workshops - Janice Alleman,
We need volunteers for shifts of approximately 2 hours on Friday through Sunday from 7:45am to 4pm. We need the most help during the check in period just prior to class start times (early morning and mid-day). Volunteers primarily check in students, direct them to classrooms, and answer questions. They may also help set up tables and chairs, post signs, and check attendance.

Fiber Arts - Sharon Allen,
We would love to have a volunteer to listen and write down the Judge's comments on Friday, June 29th from 1pm to 5pm. It is interesting and a learning opportunity. We would also welcome anyone who would like to sit the gallery for an hour or two on Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday morning, July 1st.

Info Booth/ Merchandise - April Phillips,
The volunteers for the Info/Merchandise booth normally volunteer 2-4 hours of their time answering any questions attendees may have, guiding them in the right direction to specific vendors or to see the animals. They also assist customers with merchandise purchases. Volunteers are able to sit down if needed.

Camping - Laura Todd,
2-4 volunteers needed for camping check-in for Wed Noon-7pm and Thurs. 9 am - 5pm


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.