Black Sheep Gathering

Black Sheep Gathering

Thanks for making the 2015
Gathering a great success!

See you June 24-26, 2016!

Lane County Fairgrounds
Eugene, Oregon

BSG Contacts
BSG Catalog
(29 pgs, PDF)
2016 Workshop Proposal Forms
BSG Workshops
How to Register
Livestock Show
Wool & Mohair Show
Fiber Arts Show & Contests
Schedule of Events
Demos and Talks Schedule
Travel Info

BSG Maps

Reg & Entry Forms

The Marketplace

Exhibit Hall Floorplan


Come join us for the
Black Sheep Gathering!

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.

Jacob lamb

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.

As most of you know, a change in fire marshal rules for outdoor vendors caused us to eliminate the outside Marketplace areas and tents and move all the vendors into the large Exhibit Hall at the east side of the fairgrounds. The change in the Marketplace location resulted in a domino of impacts to the location and connectivity between all of the BSG events. We still want to have a cohesive, grass-roots feel to our event while ensuring efficient use of space, cost, and resources for the various events at the 2015 Black Sheep Gathering.

So with much thought and some new events, here are the changes to expect at the 2105 BSG:

  1. Wool and Mohair Show and Sale will move out of Wheeler Pavilion and return to its historic location in Barn #1, Sale may be located in a portion of Barn 2.
  2. Workshops will be held within the area of the Exhibit Hall and Surrounding Classrooms as they were last year. Sites were identified for “wet” classes, including felting and dyeing.
  3. Goats and Goat Show Ring will be in Barn 2, possibly co-located with the Wool Sale (Jeri, you were right in the end, but I wasn’t sure until we tied down what was happening in Barn 3. Sorry for any confusion!).
  4. NEW!! Alpacas and Alpaca Show will be in Barn 3.
  5. Sheep Show and Show Ring remain unchanged in Barn 4, 5, and 6, with the exception that there will be no overflow (of sheep or flooding rain gutters) into the former goat area at the back of barn 5.
  6. Fiber Arts will be located at the back right of the Marketplace. This area is twice the size of the currently used space.
  7. Sheep to Shawl and Demos will be located at the back left of the Marketplace. Again, this area is also twice the size of the currently used space. Weavers and spinners for S2S can unload their equipment behind the Exhibit Hall at the north loading dock with the roll up door.
  8. Spinners’ Circle will be a huge 3000-sqft area centrally located and surrounded by the Marketplace booths. Lots of room for spinners and all to sit, relax, visit, spin, and shop throughout the weekend (being mindful of securing your belongings at all times).

Maps will eventually be available, but I have to make them, so check the website a couple of weeks before the event. It is a good idea to print these out because they often disappear quickly from the Info Booth. Schedules are available on the website too.

Please be patient with us. This is a huge change, and there are likely to be unexpected consequences and issues we just don’t think of. We’ll do our best to keep you informed and most of all having a great weekend.

2015 Workshop listings are now posted.

On Saturday night, bring something to share for the annual Potluck and be part of the enthusiastic crowd enjoying the Spinner's Lead.

The Workshops will be held at the Fairgrounds this year. Online Registration will open April 4th, 2015.

Last year, we added a “Farmer’s Market” to the animal barns. The sales booths are a great opportunity to meet the fiber producers and their animals and purchase their farm-produced washed fibers and other goods.

For kids wanting to show sheep, we continue to expand and improve the Junior Show and free showmanship workshop on Sunday.

Rooms should be plentiful this year. We invite you to consider camping on-site. Camping reservations may be made with the Lane Events Center. If you need assistance with lodging in Eugene, contact Travel Lane County at 541-484-5307.

Daily schedules will be available at the information booth. As always, admission and parking at the Gathering are free. Bring your family and friends and take part in one of the most unique events in the country celebrating natural colored animals and their fiber.

Please remember: no dogs, other than service dogs, are allowed.

The Black Sheep Gathering is an all-volunteer organization that welcomes your suggestions, participation, and assistance. For information on specific events, to volunteer or to offer suggestions, please contact us.

Remember to read this website carefully for information about entries, rules and workshop registrations. As soon as it is complete, the Show Catalog will available in PDF format for downloading and printing.

Mission Statement: The Black Sheep Gathering is an annual event during which participants exchange their knowledge of an appreciation for handcraft fibers and the animals that produce them.

Goals: The Black Sheep Gathering strives to provide an environment dedicated to: education, cooperation and participation, an atmosphere of fellowship and fun, and celebrating natural colored animals and their fibers.

Black Sheep Gathering, Inc.
PO Box 51092, Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: 503-804-0014

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