Shaniko Wool Gathering set for June 30-July 1
Established in 1900, Shaniko was a railroad terminus that earned the title of the largest inland wool shipping center in the world by 1903.
With wool sales in the millions of dollars and increased shipping volumes, Shaniko was referred to as the "Wool Capital of the World."
Richard Roland Hinton, who had come to the nearby Bakeoven area several decades earlier, developed a breed of sheep called the "Columbia."
His famous Imperial Stock Ranch and descendants of his breed still exist today. Shaniko had two large warehouses, one of which still stands.
In celebration of this great heritage, Shaniko has embraced the opportunity to provide a rendezvous and marketplace for wool growers and fiber artists.
This year, Shaniko is expanding the Wool Gathering event to include a Pioneer and Artisan Faire. This will include sheep to shawl demonstrations, an historic Imperial Stock Ranch Tour, Marker Sheep/Petting Zoo, herding dog demonstrations, fiber artists and vendors, wool product and quilt raffle prizes, quilt displays, quilting and related sewing and stitching crafts, homestead/pioneering skills and demonstrations, fine arts and other artisan offerings, photography and painting contests, pioneer camp and blacksmithing, leather craft, woodworking, "primitive" communications, Shaniko museums and historic buildings, and more.
There will be a 4-H fundraiser lamb dinner on Saturday at 5 p.m. and lunch both days, served by the Chamber of Commerce. There is limited free RV parking and camping on streets in the town itself, or you can make your way to Maupin (28 miles away) to spend the night along one of the top recreational retreats next to the Deschutes River.
For further information, check the website http://www.shanikowoolgathering.com or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shanikowool.
Not only does Shaniko host the Wool Gathering event, it is also the place for Pioneer Days, June 16-17, Shaniko Days, Aug. 3-5, and the Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival, Oct. 14-16. Visit www.shanikooregon.com for details.