Want to learn more about the alpaca industry and talk to hundreds of breeders and meet their alpacas face-to-face, all under one roof? This is your opportunity. And it’s free.
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. This year’s show will take place March 26 and 27 at the Arena Complex, Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge. The show will be open to the public.
Hours are: Saturday, March 26, from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 2, from 9 am to 3 pm
Alpacas will be featured in the show ring competition, comprising 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 public is invited to shop for unique gifts and treasurers throughout the weekend.
This year’s show will once again offer small breeder classes as well as some new exhibition classes, sure to bring laughs and smiles to everyone attending.
On Saturday, March 26, from 3:30 – 5 pm, youth will take to the ring to compete with their alpacas in showmanship and obstacle classes. Young participants also will strut their stuff with their costumed alpaca in an alpaca costume contest on Saturday, March 26, from 12:30 – 1 pm. 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.
The Buckeye Alpaca Show Inc. is celebrating its 18th year as one of the premier alpaca shows in the country. The show is a non-profit 501c3, public charity. In the past 17 years, the show has donated more than $410,000 to programs at Ohio State University – including ICI — the International Camelid Institute, the Clinical Services Veterinary Fund, and Camelid Veterinary and Owner/Breeder Conferences and the Buckeye Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship Fund.
In 2018, the Buckeye Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship Fund at OSU was established which awards scholarships in $5,000 increments to the third and fourth year large animal veterinary students. The Buckeye Alpaca Show has donated $70,000 that was raised at the Live Auctions at the 2018-21 Buckeye Alpaca Fall Fests. In April, four more $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. This is the first scholarship fund established strictly for large animal veterinary students. For more information visit http://www.buckeyealpacafallfest.com/scholarship.htm.
For more information, visit http://buckeyealpacashow.com.