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Alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, will gather for the Buckeye Alpaca Show this weekend, March 25 and 26, at the Arena Complex, Summit County Fairgrounds.
Alpacas have coexisted with humankind for thousands of years. The Incan civilization of the Andes Mountains in Peru elevated the alpaca to a central place in their society. The imperial Incas clothed themselves in garments made from alpaca and many religious ceremonies involved the animal.
Alpacas are, however, relatively new to the U.S. when compared to other livestock. First commercially imported in 1984, there are now more than 250,000 registered alpacas in North America. With more than 27,000 registered alpacas, Ohio ranks first in the U.S. for number of these livestock.
What better way to learn more about the alpaca industry than to talk to hundreds of breeders and meet their alpacas face-to-face, all under one roof? Now you can. And it’s free.
Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday , March 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alpacas will be featured in the show ring competition, comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.
Throughout the weekend, artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.
On Saturday, March 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., youth will take to the ring to compete with their alpacas. And don’t miss the costume contest which will take place from 12:30 to 1p.m., when young participants will strut their stuff with their costumed alpaca. Costumes will be judged on the comfort of the animal with foreign objects on their head, legs and feet, and how imaginative the costume is as well as the story each participant must write telling about the costume.
This year, seminars led by industry leaders will be offered free to the public including: Building your Alpaca Farm, General Nutrition and New Innovations, Making Sense of EPDs – How to use EPDs to improve your herd, Internet Marketing Made Easy(er) and Current options available for fiber in the industry.
For more details visit http://buckeyealpacashow.com/seminars.htm.