I had the chance to make it to the British Alpaca Society Annual Alpaca Show this year. It is a while since I have been and I was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and making some new aquaintances.
It was a three hour journey each way to get to the Telford International Centre but it was worth it. The satnav took me the scenic route - though it insisted it was shorter. I came back via the motorway for the more direct and slightly less stressful route.
Once I arrived, I was delighted to find there were 600 alpacas on show; about 30 trade stands; and a great display of what can be achieved with alpaca fleece in the Fibre Zone. The slide show below captures something of the flavour.
The thing you can't capture quiet so easily in a photo is the sounds and smells of an alpaca show. Intoxicating for those of us who have the "alpaca gene".
The judging was filmed and streamed (still available here on YouTube) which meant people watching could see the quality of the fleece and conformation. You don't have to watch it all but it is worth a look.
So this was my eclectic and personal take on the show. I hope you found something to interest you. You may also remember that Jeremiah Owen from Los Angeles was planning to go to a show near him (a relative term) for the first time. I caught up with him and share his perspectives as a new owner too.