The 38th annual Black Sheep Gathering is happening June 22-24 at the Lane Events Center, a “sheep to shawl” event that has grown to be recognized as one of the best of its kind in America. The BSG will have animal, wool, mohair and fiber arts competitions as well as a trade show and classes taught by renowned instructors. All events, except the classes being taught at O’Hara grade school, are free to the public.
The BSG Sheep and Angora Goat Show will have 600 animals judged, with most farmers coming from out-of-state and as far away as Michigan, Texas and Montana. “Since this is primarily a fiber show, animals are judged by the quality of their fleeces and not as meat lamb,” organizer Wayne Thompson says. There are no cash awards. “Livestock producers come from long distances to our event for the prestige of showing at the BSG and the enjoyment of seeing old friends,” says Thompson.