Black Sheep Gathering

BIG News!!

The Black Sheep Gathering announces a new partnership with Linn County Fairgrounds!

The 2018 BSG will convene June 29-July 1 at Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, Oregon.

Yes, that means that, after almost 40 years in Eugene, we will be gathering in Albany, Oregon. While we still love Eugene, we have just outgrown the Lane County Fairgrounds, and we could no longer justify the expense given the amenities that were just unavailable to our event.

However, Linn County will be an absolutely fantastic location. It is very conveniently located right off I-5 and will continue to allow free admission and parking. The barns, Marketplace, workshops, Fleece Show and Sale, and other events will be located around a central courtyard where you can eat, spin, knit, and socialize. There will be two fabulous hotels onsite and 100 campsites for tents and RVs (with full hookups up to 50 amps - no more sweltering due to lack of AC - and plenty of water), plus overflow sites with electricity but no water hookup if needed. There are 3 working showers each for ladies and gentlemen, and the facilities are clean and modern.

We know there are wonderful things we will all miss about Eugene, but it's time to make new memories and create new favorite hangouts in Albany. We hope to see you all there at the end of June 2018!

More to come later as we work out details.

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.