Angora Pt. 2 with Sharon Chestnutt:
My name is Sharon Chestnutt and I am one of the Angora Goat Show chair-people along with Sandy Erpelding.
I attended my first BSG in 1985 in Cottage Grove as a mohair vendor and it was such a wonderful, welcoming event. I had spent a long cold winter in BC reading all of the BSN back issues and was so thrilled to actually be there. The next year I brought angora goats to exhibit and the following year we had a small show!!
I joined the BSG committee in 1988 to help put on the 1989 World Congress on Colored Sheep (and the Exotic Fiber Show since there was no room for goats!) and stayed on with the committee as the Angora Goat show chair.
I love working with this group. Everyone does their part to put on a great show year after year with a minimum of fuss.
The 1989 Exotic Fiber Show offered one of the first opportunities to show off the developing colored angora goat and there has been both colored and white angora shows at the BSG ever since. We are typically the largest show on the west coast. The angora goat exhibitors are a wonderful bunch and despite fierce competition, they are happy to help each other out. We love to share information and are happy to help out new breeders so come and join us.
This year we are excited about a new venue without slippery floors. We are hoping the animals will feel more a part of the show again as we will be closer to the other activities. We are also excited about a new class which will judge animals in fleece, shorn and then the fleece. It should be very interesting!
Meet Sandy Erpelding:
I'm Sandy Erpelding and I co-chair the Angora Goat Show with Sharon Chestnutt. I have raised angora goats since 1980, started showing at the BSG in 2000 and joined the committee in 2008. I love the BSG. It is the largest angora goat show on the west coast. I look forward to attending each year to show my goats and compare notes with my fellow angora goat producers. Typically, there are over 100 angora goats entered into 2 shows, white and natural colored. There is also a mohair show where mohair fleeces are judged and then offered for sale. It is an exciting and fun time for angora goat exhibitors.
This upcoming 2018 BSG offers us expanded space and modern amenities for exhibitors, vendors and attendees. I'm excited about the added space and I have high hopes that our angora goat show will be bigger and better than ever!