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Alpacas at the Gathering ~ June 23-25, 2017

Once again AAWO will have alpaca pens and display booths at
The Black Sheep Gathering at the Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR.

For the third year, alpacas will be joining the sheep and goats at the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. 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 flece 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 June 23-25, 2017. We will again be in the main animal area and also in the Wool Show & Sale. Set-up is Thursday afternoon and Friday morning 7am-9am. All of last year's participants had very good sales of roving, yarn, and finished products.

Soon we will be are taking applications exclusively for AAWO members before we open the event to other farms and vendors.

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.

We can no longer 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 3rd. Fleece check-in is at the Wheeler Pavillion, Lane County Fairgrounds, on Thursday, June 22nd. There are NO Mail-in Entries. When it is published, the BSG Fleece Show Registration will be 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 fleeces judging will be announced in the vendor hall and barns, most likely early on Saturday afternoon.

If you'd like to help, we need volunteers at the BSG Wool Show (fun and a great learning experience), in our demonstration area, setting up our barn area, putting out signs, in the Spinner's Lead, etc.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Barry & Linda Bolewicz <bolewicz@netzero.com>
EasyGo Farm, Hillsboro OR 97123

We invite you to come join us on this adventure!

 
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