Black Sheep Gathering

Travel and Lodging Info

Linn County Expo Center

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 $139.00, and Comfort Suites (541-928-2053) for $129.00. These full-service hotels are located on-site and offer a convenient option for lodging. Links to other options can be found Here.


Good news for campers!

We have come up with a way to pre-register for tent and overflow dry camping. There will be 20 tent sites and 28 RV sites available. You’ll register with BSG for $12/night, and we’ll pay the fairgrounds. The sites will be assigned when you arrive and check in. Water, showers, restrooms, and dump station will be available, but there will be no electricity or water hookups. If you stay in a vehicle, it will need to be registered in one of the RV sites, but no vehicles will be allowed in the grassy tent area.

To give everyone a chance to see the new info and register, registration will open May 11 at Noon through the link that will appear below when registration is open.

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.

Rent an RV from Guaranty RV Super Centers


A map of the facilities is available Here


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.