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Mar
24

Come join us for the 13th annual Buckeye Alpaca Show, a level IV AOA certified competition. We have a new location - the Arena Complex at the Summit County Fairgrounds! We will offer full fleece halter classes, walking fleece classes, pen sale, Herdsire Breeding Auction, youth performance classes and sponsored Meet & Greets both Friday and Saturday. Helen Testa and Jill MacLeod are judging the halter show, Wini Labrecque is judging walking fleece. The Arena Complex is a clean and modern, extremely exhibitor friendly facility. Our alpaca pens are 8'x10' with electricity, 3 alpacas to a pen. Our Pen Sale and Herdsire Breeding Auction will be highlighted Saturday evening. The selection of high quality alpacas will be amazing. Thirsty Dog Brewery, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Peruvian are among our Meet & Greet sponsors! New to the show in 2017 - free seminars given by our incredible Corporate Sponsors! Details to be posted soon. Free Parking - Free Admission - FUN!!!!! Come join us! This show SOLD OUT in 2016 and early registrations indicate it will sell out again this year. Reserve your stalls today!

Mar
24

California Classic Round Up 2017 AOA Certified Level II Alpaca Show Spin-Off Competition, Full Fleece Halter, and the Walking Fleece Competition March 24-26, 2017 Dixon Fairgrounds Dixon, CA We invite you to participate in a Premier Spring Alpaca Show Event. Come to the easy to access Dixon Fairgrounds for an exciting-- Full Fleece Halter show AND Walking Fleece Competition ***Early Bird Registration Deadline: Feb 15, 2017! ***Registration Deadline: March 8, 2017! *** No Changes after March 13, 2017 Halter Judge: Peter Kennedy 60% Fleece - 40% Conformation Walking Fleece Competition Judge: Mary Miller Spin-Off Competition deadlines to note: Registration Deadline: January 31, 2017 Entries must be postmarked by: January 31, 2017 Spin-Off Judge: Judy Glaser

Mar
24

California Classic Round Up 2017 Please note the correct deadlines for the Classic Spin-Off Registration and Postmark dates are January 31, 2017. Thank you!

Mar
24

You will not want to miss this IAOBA sponsored show. We want it to be a friendly, competitive show that highlights the very best! Don’t miss it!! If you liked the Peoria Show in the past…You will LOVE the changes… If you have never been to central Illinois in the spring…You will love it! Come be our guest ! You will love this beautiful historic venue….. Where you can walk in the footsteps of Honest Abe! Registration Now Open You can contact any of the IAOBA Board members for more information: Brian Houchin, President 309-275-0853 Rhonda Leinberger, Treasurer

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ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas are gentle creatures that are easy to care for and can be raised for either profit or for pure enjoyment as a hobby.

Although they make wonderful pets and are exceptionally gentle with children, they are primarily known for their high quality, luxury fiber. Alpaca fiber is highly prized for its exceptional softness, durability, incredible warmth, and is hypoallergenic. In fact, it is considered to be a luxury fiber.

Like other natural fibers, alpaca wool has excellent thermal and wicking properties, so it will keep you warm and dry, yet will allow your skin to breathe. Alpaca fiber makes great socks, hats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Lower grade fiber from the legs and belly area makes excellent rugs and blankets.

Alpaca Breeds

A Suri alpaca has long, silky fiber that hangs in narrow twists or locks and resembles dreadlocks. The Huacaya looks like a plush toy animal and has shorter, dense, crimpy fiber that is soft and fluffy looking. The Suri is not as common as the Huacaya, and therefore its fiber tends to be more expensive.

Alpaca History

Alpacas originated in South America and were imported to the United States in the 1980s. They are part of the camelid family, which also includes camels and llamas, but they chew their cud the same way that cows do.

An alpaca's diet consists mainly of grass and hay, and it can obtain most of its food from grazing in the open pasture. They will also trim the grass carefully without pulling out the entire plant.

After the initial investment, the cost of maintaining alpacas is relatively low and they are considered to be a very healthy, 'green' animal, having very nutrient-rich manure. Alpacas are shorn once a year, and their fleece does not take long to grow back.

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