The Northumberland Alpaca Championship 2019 will be held at the Northumberland County Show. NEBAG (North East and Borders Alpaca Group) are proud to organise and support the alpaca section, and it looks set to build on the great success of last year and be a great show.
We are very pleased to have secured the expertise of Mary Jo Smith as our judge this year.
And our entries have closed at a record 146 alpacas which means that you, the audience are in for a real treat, a huge variety of animals to come and see including the usual colour classes and separate classes for multi (Huacaya and Suri) as well as gelding and progeny.
As always we will be holding our young handlers class. This is a great opportunity for children, (age 12 and under), to demonstrate their knowledge of alpacas, and show off their alpaca handling and walking skills in the ring. We feel it is really important to encourage handlers at this age, as they are our breeder / owners / handlers of the future so what better place to start then at the friendly atmosphere of the Northumberland County Showground.
Come along and have a go – an alpaca can be provided!
As part of the Northumberland Show, the alpaca section prides itself in always attracting a lot of interest from the public and as always, they have controlled access to the animals in the marquee as well as a ring side seat to all the classes and judging throughout the day. The layout of the tent is always considered carefully, for the welfare of the animals first and foremost but also for the public to meet the animals a little more close up.
Building on last year’s success, we also have a bigger “show and tell” area in the marquee allowing the general public to widen their knowledge on camelids and a perfect chance to learn more about these wonderful animals. We are also very pleased to welcome back to the tent the Tyneside Spinners to demonstrate their skills and products and illustrate the full cycle of animal fleece to finished article!
If you want to get up closer to the animals we are also offering you the opportunity to go trekking with an alpaca – this was hugely popular last year so come early to beat the queues!
Alpacas are very friendly (as are their breeders!) and we love talking about them, so come along and watch some classes, chat to the breeders and browse through the extensive range of alpaca products on sale. We like to use this opportunity to educate young and old in a fun environment and make new friends. So whether you are interested in keeping alpacas yourselves, you already own alpacas or just curious and intrigued, we are always happy to answer any questions or discuss the latest farming issues.
So do drop in and say hello!
Although entries are now closed, if you would like to enter for next year, entries open early March and accessed through the Grassroots system, via the British Alpaca Society website (www.bas-uk.com).
Come along and join the fun – we look forward to seeing you there!