The 2013 NCWGA National Show. Our show dates are June 20 – 23. Our show is being held in conjunction with Black Sheep Gathering at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon. Black Sheep Gathering is a superb showcase of natural colored sheep and their fiber. Exhibitors at BSG present a diverse range of wool breeds so it provides excellent opportunity for sales and trades of breeding stock. The wool show is one of the largest natural colored shows in the country with great attendance by devoted fiber fans eager to purchase wool. There will be NCWGA Divisions in the Open Sheep Show, the Junior Sheep Show, and the Wool Show. This year the NCWGA is excited to offer a Division in the Sheep Show for Primitive Breeds and we hope to welcome many new members. Please plan to join us in June for a wonderful celebration of sheep and wool and fiber arts!
Entries for the NCWGA National Show will be processed by Black Sheep Gathering. Black Sheep Gathering is currently updating their website and complete information including entry forms for both the sheep and wool shows should be posted in April. Their website with description of events, classes, and show rules is www.blacksheepgathering.org. Be advised that sheep show entries will close once the barn capacity is reached.
The Sheep Show judge for 2013 is Pat Ariaz. Pat brings over forty years of judging experience throughout the country at many fairs and prestigious shows including NAILE. Pat has over twenty years of experience raising Columbia and Rambouillet sheep in his ranch. Pat is a graduate of California State University Fresno and he was an agricultural education teacher in California’s Central Valley for thirty-nine years.
The Wool Show judge for 2013 is Judith MacKenzie. Judith has over thirty years’ experience in textile arts. She is a spinner, dyer, and weaver and the author of three books on handspinning. Judith is a popular instructor at Black Sheep Gathering, Maryland Sheep and Wool, and many other fiber festivals. Judith is a perennial favorite at BSG due to her highly educational commentary during fleece judging.
A recent check of travel websites indicates there are currently a range of hotels available in Eugene for our dates, but it is wise to reserve early, as June is always busy month. Camping for both RVs and tents is available at the Lane County Fairgrounds and a reservation application is available on the BSG website. Black Sheep Gathering is well-known for its Saturday night Potluck, featuring grilled lamb, and a variety of dishes contributed by exhibitors and attendees. Everyone is invited. For the National Show we are planning to host an NCWGA event on Friday night, so we can all get acquainted or re-acquainted. This will be a casual, come as you are gathering, with wine, beer, and snacks.
In hopes of facilitating sheep sales at the National Show, I will be creating a page on my website with free listings of sheep for sale or sheep wanted. The concept is to have sheep under contract so they can be delivered to buyers at Black Sheep Gathering. Simply send me an email with a description of the sheep you have for sale or trade, and your contact information, and I will post it at www.marblepeaks.com.
To make the National Show a success we need volunteers to help with operations during the show. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in helping out (no big commitment, we know most people are showing sheep and have other work to do.) Cash donations for the Friday night party fund, or toward awards for Supreme Champion Ram, Ewe, and Fleece will be most appreciated and will be acknowledged at the Show and in The Marker.