Norwalk Reflector: Alpaca show has a lot to offer

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Alpaca show has a lot to offer

• Jan 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

TALLMADGE — Alpacas are raised for their luxurious fleece throughout the United States, but with more than 26,000 registered animals, Ohio is the country’s leading state in alpaca numbers.

Every year, hundreds of alpacas from as far away as Oregon, alpaca enthusiasts and fiber artists gather for the Buckeye Alpaca Show.

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? This free event will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at the Arena Complex, Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge.

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.

The Buckeye Alpaca Show, Inc. is celebrating its 15th year as one of the premier alpaca shows in the country. A non-profit 501c3 charity, in the past 14 years, the show has donated more than $335,000 to programs at Ohio State University.

Youth competition

From 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday of the event, youth will take to the ring to compete with their alpacas. Don’t miss the chance to see young participants strut their stuff with their costumed alpaca in an alpaca costume contest at 12:30 the same day. 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. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., the show continues when youth take to the ring to compete with their alpacas.

Last year, the Buckeye Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship Fund at OSU was established which awards scholarships in $5,000 increments to 3rd and 4th year large animal veterinary students. The Buckeye Alpaca Show donated $20,000 that was raised at the Live Auction at the 2018 Buckeye Alpaca Fall Fest. In April, four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. This is the first scholarship fund established strictly for large animal veterinary students. For more information visit

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