We’re ba-ack! Mom, Dad, Aunt Geri, Uncle Jerry and I spent the weekend communing with fiber denizens of all stripes. Alpacas, goats, paco-vicunas (a breed of alpaca), sheep and llamas were all represented. In addition to the displays by various ranches and stores, there were animal judging, fleece judging, sheep dog demonstrations, shearing demonstrations, animal training competitions, and handspinning competitions.
We spent at least half of Saturday in the alpacas tent, chatting with old friends and making new ones. The alpaca ranching community is small enough, we’ve met many of these folks before, and it’s nice to catch up. We strolled the aisles of the vendors’ barn for hours, scouting out the best deals. Then, on Sunday, we returned to make a few purchases (much more on that tomorrow!!).
Sunday was much quieter, which was nice for us and probably frustrating for the vendors. The results from the handspinning contest were in, so Aunt Geri and I talked with the judges and examined the excellent work on display. We quickly decided that we could totally enter that contest next year; we are both perfectionists to the extreme.
We learned a ton, and hopefully gained the confidence we need to be more active participants next year. At least we know we’ll enter the handspinning contest.
I have a few more posts lined up from the show. I can’t wait to show you what I got!