Sheep to Shawl

Saturday, May 11, 2019

10am – 4pm


First held in 1985, our Sheep to Shawl festival is a classic family event, offering the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of wool fiber processing, from the shearing of animals—sheep, of course, but also alpacas, llamas, and the occasional rabbit—to the production of beautiful lace at the hands of expert fiber artists. Weaving, spinning, knitting, and rug-hooking are on display, as are blacksmith demonstrations in our operating forge.

You don’t want to miss the 2019 Sheep to Shawl! Bring the whole family! Admission is free for everyone.

Thank you to our 2019 Sheep to Shawl
Gold Sponsor!

Children’s Activities

  • Rope Making
  • Yarn People
  • Lamb’s Ears
  • Weaving for Kids
  • Triangle Toys
  • Cornhole


  • Blacksmithing
  • Flint Knapping
  • Knitting
  • Lace Making
  • Model A Club
  • Oregon Dairy Princess
  • PGE’s Hazard Hamlet presentation
  • Shearing
  • Spinning
  • Weaving


  • Krewe du Soul
  • On Any Sundae


  • Nana’s Choice
  • Shaggy Bear Farms
  • Mud Pie Gallery
  • The Natural Source Soap and Seed Company
  • Salem Area Garden Club
  • The Peru Sale
  • Dee’s Darlings
  • Bearded Ladies Goat Cheese


Living History Performances:

  • Sheep in the Valley, State Fair, Thomas Kay Woolen Mills (with Mark & Donna Hinds)
    • 11:00am-12:00pm in the Pleasant Grove Church
    • 1:00pm-2:00pm in the Pleasant Grove Church
  • 1900 School Day
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Pleasant Grove Church
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Pleasant Grove Church



  • Storyteller Gordon Munro
    • 11:00am-2:00pm under the Old Oak Tree (near the Church)

About Mark and Donna Hinds:

Retired educators, calling themselves American Imaginations, Mark and Donna
Hinds have prepared and presented short historical vignettes for over 15 years.
They seek to “put a face on history “in telling the Oregon stories.

As costumed interpreters of Willamette Valley history, they will portray
J.D. and Martha Boon for the Sheep to Shawl event.

Description of the vignette that guests will see:

J.D. and Martha Boon, pioneers of 1845, and owners of a Salem
mercantile store, ponder their twelve year old son’s after school job.
William, who has been helping at Mr. Minto’s land claim four miles
south of town,wants to take on another responsibility for the
herdsman. They ponder the changes they have seen in Salem
since their arrival 15 years ago.

Thank you to our 2018 Sheep to Shawl sponsors!