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 Joyce Arthur, 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 - Joyce Arthur,
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.

Market - Lisa Milliman,
We need volunteer booth sitters when the Market is open to cover booths for vendors while they take a break, get a bite to eat, or make a food run for a vendor. Booth sitters provide short 15-20 minute breaks for our vendors periodically throughout the day.

We also need volunteers to keep an eye on the Used Equipment Sales area and report suspicious activity to a BSG Market Committee member.

Info Booth/Merchandise - Mike Todd,
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. Volunteers may sit in a comfortable chair in the shade with a cool beverage.


Judge: Richard Jacobsen
Le Grand, California

I am a 4th generation sheep producer, primarily as a seed-stock producer. My grandfathers and dad raised competitive sheep here in California, going back to the 1940s.Read More.


Judge: Allen Mesick
Huntington Beach, California

Allen Mesick of Eureka! Mohair Farm, has bred and showed white and natural colored Angora goats for over 20 years. His Angora goats have brought home many Champion and overall Grand Champion awards. Read More.


Wool and Alpaca Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Geof Ruppert has been judging sheep and fleeces since he was fresh out of veterinary school. Inspired in part by his mother's love of fiber arts, Dr. Ruppert began raising Corriedales in the 1970s.  Read More.



Judge: Laura Todd
Neotsu, Oregon

Laura has judged fiber arts for county fairs, taught knitting since 2007, and has been awarded ribbons and multiple best-in-show awards for fiber arts at numerous festivals and fairs nationwide, including three Black Sheep Cups at BSG.Read More.