Top Story: AO Show 2013

13th Annual Alpaca Ontario Spring Show (April 12 & 13, 2014)

Date: April 12 & 13, 2014

Location: Orangeville Event Centre (AKA Orangeville Fairgrounds)
Orangeville, ON

Saturday – 9am to 4pm
Sunday – 9am to 3pm
(or until completion of competition)

The public is invited to join us in this wonderful fun-filled 'alpaca weekend'. Invite your friends and relatives to join you in Orangeville for a chance to see some of Canada's top alpacas up close.

Imagine, getting up close and personal with close to 300 of Canada's best alpacas in one place!! The Alpaca Ontario Spring show is the largest alpaca show in Canada.

Watch the judging in the rings.
Take in the spinning and weaving demonstrations by the
Nottawasaga Spinners and Weavers guild.
Admire the entries from the Fibre Arts Competition on display until Sunday morning.
Pick your favourite piece for the 'People's Choice' award.
There are vendors eager to support your fibre fetish with home-grown alpaca products.


Some of the Things that You will See:

TWO rings of alpacas being judged based on confirmationa and their fibre.

Youth and Adult Obstacle classes on Saturday right after lunch (starting approx 1:00pm)


Special Guest - Robert Gane
In a hands-on session, Robert Gane, an experienced Australian alpaca breeder, will identify the characteristics you will need to help with selection and breeding plans for alpacas. This session is suited to new and experienced breeders as well as those who are interested in purchasing alpacas. Identifying key traits is essential in establishing or refining a breeding program.

Robert is happy to share the knowledge that has helped Canchones establish a sound breeding program producing over 1200 cria and a prize winning herd of 600 alpacas. Come listen to Robert in Ring A, during the lunch break.


Special Guest – Dave Van Stralen
Dave Van Stralen, President of Louet North America will be onsite on Saturday, April 12th. Dave will be speaking about the fibre industry and will also have plenty of spinning and weaving supplies available to purchase. Need a tune up on your Louet wheel? Bring it to Dave, he will have an onsite "Tune Up shop"set up (nominal fee may apply).


Farm Showcases
Spectators should feel free to visit the stabling area and talk to producers as well as visit the Farm Showcases that are set up in the alpaca penning area. This year's Farm Showcases are as follows:


Vendors Market 
At the vendors market you can find many booths offering alpaca and alpaca related products for sale. This year's vendors are:


Fibre Arts Competition
We have so many talented fibre artists in our region, some of whom are your fellow Alpaca Ontario members. Take a look at the wonderful variety of items on display in the exhibit hall. Judging of these items took place on Friday April 11, 2014. Please take a moment to choose your favourites and fill out a ballot for the People's Choice Competition.


Spinning, Weaving and Crafting Demonstration
We are pleased to have the ladies from the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners Guild and the Halton Hands in Motion Knitting and Crocheting Guild with us demonstrating their wonderful art forms. Spinning and weaving take a lot of know-how and a lot of patience. These crafts are continuing to be handed down generation to generation as new students come to appreciate the classic methods of yarn and fabric production. The ladies from the guild would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


Spin-off Competition
What is the Mary-Ann English Spin-off? By Caecilia Goetze

"Mary Ann and I (Caecilia) discussed the idea of a spin off and she agreed to organize it since I was busy with AC commitments.
The idea came when we both went to NS to attend a seminar at Oona Porter's conducted by the Australian Fibre Guru (the name escapes me at the moment -likely Cameron Holt). She got the ball rolling and sadly learned a little later on that she had terminal lung cancer. She had everything done and handed it over to me to publish it. She was a real trooper.
Mary Ann and her husband, Jim, were one of the first alpaca breeders in Eastern Ontario, Sandy Ridge Alpacas. She was instrumental in getting the Navan Fair Alpaca Show off the ground."

This year's spin-off competition saw 55 entries in 6 colour categories. Four talented spinners from all areas of Ontario worked their magic on your beautiful fleece sample entries. The competition is a wonderful opportunity to see how your alpaca's fibre will spin up into yarn. The judges are generous with their comments which can prove to be extremely helpful in future fleece competitions, and breeding decisions. The winning entries are on display in the Vendor area - check out your Ontario winners!


4-H Club Display
The 4-H Alpaca Club from Alpacas From Eighth and Mud located in Stoney Creek, Ontario has returned. Please visit the booth and challenge yourself at finger knitting with the club members. The club members will be glad to answer any questions.


Alpaca Ontario 2014 Photo Contest
This year's contest has photos entered in six categories:

1. Cria
2. Family Portraits
3. Winter Weather
4. Other Farm Friends
5. Digitally Enhanced
6. Barnyard Humour

It is always exciting to see the photos that were taken by our members. Which ones are your favourite?


Of Interest to Young Visitors
• Wintermoon Soaps will be offering opportunities for youngsters 8 and up to learn how to make 'felted soap'.
• Interested visitors can watch (or learn) at the knitting demonstration table (Halton Hands in Motion Knitting and Crocheting Guild) or the spinning and weaving circle (Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners)
• 4H group will demonstrate the art of 'finger knitting'
• Last, but not least, there will be some original drawings, created by our talented Alpaca Ontario members, for younger visitors to colour


2013 Silent Auction
This year bidding on the silent auction items will be offered from 1pm – 8pm on Saturday in the exhibit hall. 50% of the monies raised will go to the Quechua Benefit and the Nunoa Project.

Payments for auction purchases are due at end of the auction (or on Sunday if you are not in attendance at the conclusion of the auction). We will once again be accepting cash, credit card or cheques (made payable to Alpaca Ontario).


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