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Alpacas will again join the sheep and goats at The Black Sheep Gathering at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, Oregon. If you are not familiar with BSG, it is one of the premier fiber events in the country. Visitors come from all over North America, taking classes, entering their wool and mohair in the fleece show, showing sheep and goats, and packing the halls to buy fleece, roving, yarn, and animals. Knitters, hand-spinners, felters, and weavers search for raw material for their next projects, and everyone enjoys the animals, fiber demonstrations and competitions, and colorful displays.
This 3-day event is scheduled for June 24-26, 2022, Friday afternoon through Sunday. Set-up is Thursday afternoon and Friday morning 7am-9am. AAWO proudly hosts the alpacas at BSG. We will be centrally located in the large quad area directly opposite the main exhibition building. The roofed walkway areas can accommodate product/farm booths and alpaca pens, and there are electrical outlets and overhead lighting,
If you're curious about the fee structure, we want to encourage exhibitors to bring alpacas. 10x20 spaces have room for your own 8- or 10-foot alpaca pens, plus product sales and farm displays. If you don't have your own panels, let us know, and we will try to find a source from whom you can borrow.
Entering Show or Sale Fleeces at BSG
We cannot sell raw fleece in our vendor spaces; it has to be sold through the Black Sheep Gathering's Fleece Show & Sale, just as is done with all sheep and mohair fleeces at BSG. We can sell processed fleece and products in our barn area. Processing can be as minimal as washing or carding.
There is a $6 entry fee and a 10% commission on fleece that sells (fleece may also be shown and marked “not for sale”). The Fleece Show will strongly promote the sale of fleeces, and can assist if multiple buyers are interested in splitting a fleece.
Whether for Show and/or for Sale, the entry list of fleeces must be postmarked by June 2nd. Fleece check-in is Thursday, June 23rd, 1:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, June 24th before 9 a.m. There are NO Mail-in Entries. The BSG Fleece Show Registration is an editable PDF for you to fill out on your computer, print, and send in with your check (address at the bottom of form). The format is "open judging" where the audience may observe and ask minimal questions. Alpaca fleece judging will be announced in the vendor hall and barns, most likely early on Saturday afternoon.
Fleece Judge 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. Judith brings a depth of knowledge honed by years of practice, scientific and historical knowledge, patience, humor, and hands-on expertise to judging that is unmatched. Whether she is assessing raw fiber, spun fiber, woven items, felting, knitting or other fiber creation, she teaches and inspires. The fleece judging is 'open style' ~ you may sit and listen to the comments as Judith evaluates each fleece.
We invite you to come join us on this adventure!
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