Black Sheep Newsletter
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Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Craft Fair — held May 25-26, 2024 — Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Rd. This event began in 1974 as a statewide sheep show it now also includes exhibits, dog trials, a vendor marketplace, sheep and fleece auctions, demonstrations and more.

Fiber Fusion Northwest 2024 — June 1-2, 2024 — Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. This event is hosted by North Sound Alpaca Association (NSAA). Activities include a fleece show and sale, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, fiber arts show, a spin-in and live fiber animal exhibit. New in 2024, classes will be held Friday May 31 through June 2.

The Estes Park Wool Market — June 8-9, 2024. Workshops are held on Thursday and Friday June 6-7, 2024 in Estes Park, Colorado.

The Annual Black Sheep Gathering will celebrate 50 years this June 28-30, 2024, at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. The show catalog is published in this issue and will be online at

The Grazing Hills Fiber Arts Festival — July 13-14, 2024 — new venue for 2024, the Latah County Fairgrounds, 1021 Harold St in Moscow, Idaho. This event includes a fleece sale, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, music and activities for kids

The Prairie City Fiber Fest — July 27-28, 2024 — Prairie City, Oregon. Workshops are held on Friday, July 26.

Michigan Fiber Festival will be held August 14-18, 2024 at the Allegan County Fairgrounds.


Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival — September 21-22, 2024 — Linn County Expo Center, Albany. Workshops begin on Friday, September 20; event includes livestock and fiber arts competitions, vendors and more.

28th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival — October, 2-6, 2024 — Hailey, Idaho. Their mission: To gather, celebrate, present, and preserve the history and cultures of sheep herding in Idaho and the West.

The 10th World Congress on Coloured Sheep — will be held 12-15 November 2024, followed by a post-congress tour. Venue: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel, Aoteoroa, New Zealand. (Please note the change of venue.) Participant options include attending only the Congress, attending only the South Island Tour (a seven day journey) or attending the Congress and the South Island Tour. The organizers have been able to secure the accommodation rate up until the 1st of October.

For more information, visit the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders’ Association of New Zealand’s web page:
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