The Black Sheep Gathering is a premier event showcasing fiber and fiber-related products. This is the 40th Anniversary of the Black Sheep Gathering!
The dates for the 2014 show are Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22. The location is the same as in previous years, the Lane County Fairgrounds at 13th and Monroe Streets in Eugene, Oregon. During the Gathering, thousands of people come through the marketplace. It is an excellent place to sell all kinds of fiber-related products and to create exposure for your business.
All booths include one 8' table with tablecloth and one chair, (doubles include 2 tables/2 chairs). Additional tables are $10 and chairs are $2 each and must be ordered with your application. Extra tables will not be available at the show. Each vendor is limited to one booth. Booths may be shared by more than one vendor, but only one vendor will be considered the “owner.” No subletting of booths is permitted.
Be aware that many new vendors start out as outside vendors and move to inside spaces as these become available. Vendors are expected to keep their booth open for the entire show and will not be asked to return other years if they do not do this. Fire codes require that your booth display not block aisles and must fit into the space allowed. Electricity is available in some booths at no charge, although there is no electricity available to outside vendors.
Booth applications postmarked only from March 1, 2014 through March 15, 2014 will be considered. If your application is late, it will NOT be considered, including returning vendors, so plan ahead! Postmarks prior to March 1, 2014 are assumed to be postmarked on March 1 to give all vendors an equal chance to have their application considered. The Marketplace Team aspires to decide booth assignments and mail notices by March 31st so that you will have plenty of time to get ready for the show.
Returning vendors are given priority and then All other applications that meet the criteria for BSG are held until the committee has reviewed them (before March 31st). Vendors are chosen to create the most “balanced” Marketplace possible. Vendors not chosen this year are welcome to apply next year. The Marketplace Team may reject applications from applicants whose products do not clearly support the Black Sheep Gathering mission statement & goals, or that do not offer at least 75% fiber or fiber animal related products. This includes returning vendors. If we are concerned that your products may not reach this %, we may contact you for clarification.
In the likely event that applicants outnumber openings and all booths have been filled, a holding list will be started. We may contact you to ask if you would like your check and application held in case space becomes available. Also, if you would be willing to “jump in” at the last minute due to a vendor cancellation, please note that on your application. This could happen right up to the show’s opening and is usually most easily filled by local vendors, although being local to the show is not a requirement.
Move-in and set-up will be from Noon to 8pm on Thursday, June 19. All booth spaces will be marked prior to this time and booth assignment lists will be posted at all incoming doors to Buildings 1, 2 and 3 as well as at the information booth in Building 2.
The buildings will be open during these times and will be locked at other times for security:
Raw wool and mohair fleeces may only be sold in the BSG Wool and Mohair Show and Sale, Not at the Marketplace. Processed or washed fibers can be sold in Marketplace booths. Wool and mohair fleece entry information begins on page 21.
Please leave your pets at home.
Cancellation/Booth Fee Refund Policy: 50% of your application fee is non-refundable. The other 50% can be returned to you, for any reason, up until May 1st. After May 1st, return of 50% of your application fee will be considered on a case by case basis. Illness, death or natural disaster would be acceptable reasons to request a partial refund. After June 5th, two weeks before the show, no refunds will be given for any reason.
Contact the Marketplace Team with Marketplace-related questions using the email addresses (preferable) or phone numbers below. Let us know how we can help you. We hope to see you there.
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