Calendar of Events - updated 03/03/13


No Spring Celebration this year

March 15-17: ILR-SD Judging Clinic and Show Clinic, Crawfordsville, Indiana. Held at Mark Smith Farms.Have you ever thought about becoming a judge or just want to learn what judges are looking for? Do you want to know how to be more competitive in the show ring? Then this clinic is for you! Depending on what you want to achieve at this clinic you can attend just 1, 2 or all 3 days. Cost is $100/day and includes all material and meals. Instructors will be: Darrell Anderson , Dr. Kristy Brown, Tami Lash and Mary Jo Miller For more information and details please contact Mark Smith. Space is limited. Contact email: More Information:

May 31-June 1: Abbott’s Big Sky Ranch Auction, Moiese, Montana. Held at the ranch. For more information and consignment forms go to or call the Abbotts at 406-644-3130.

July 13: Camelid Owners Health Conference Oregon State Univ. Corvallis, Oregon Held in conjunction with the Intl. Camelid Health Conference for veterinarians. Please watch the NWCF web site for details on conference topics, speakers and social activities. The evening events will give owners the opportunity to mingle with the Australian Veterinary Group visitors and other national and international attendees at the ICHC. For more information, Contact: North West Camelid Foundation Glen Pfefferkorn, President 3472 S Via del Papagayo Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 437-2218

July 11 – 14: International Camelid Health Conference, Magruder Hall and Large Animal Hospital, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon This is the premier camelid health conference for veterinarians. It will be a joint effort of OSU Veterinary College, the Australian Veterinary Group, and the North West Camelid Foundation. Watch for details: and


March 9-10: The 19th Annual Virginia Classic Llama and Alpaca Show, Lexington, Virginia. ILR-sanctioned Llama Show. Judges: John McDougall, Niki Kuklenski and Terese Evenson. AOBA-certified Level III Alpaca Show. Judge: Tim Lavan.Full complement of halter and performance classes in addition to our annual Handmades Derby. We’re also offering walking fleece and a llama futurity. The “Sibling Rivalry” challenge is on. If there are 300 or more llamas entered (equal to the alpacas) then $1,000 will be awarded to Best in Show. Visit or Contact Paige McGrath at 434-286-4494.

March 22-24: SSLA 2013 Conference, Flat Rock, N.C. Held at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center. Visit for more information. Hank and Vickie Balch, chairpersons

May 11: Blue Ridge Llama and Alpaca Show, Charlottesville, Virginia. One-day “show from your trailer” event. Contact Paige McGrath at 434-286-4494 or for details. Or visit


April 5-6: March Llama Madness Show & Sale, Howe, Indiana. Held at the Michiana Event Center. Halter Show Judges: Tami Lash and Mark Smith; Performance Judge: Mike Haumschild. Show and sale managers: Darrell and Merlene Anderson. Web site:

April 13-14: Minnesota Alpaca Expo, Owatonna, Minn. Held at the Four Seasons Center. Free Admission/Free Parking www. Welcome to a unique event of its own kind for all ages! If you are interested in learning more about alpacas and the exciting business and lifestyle opportunities they offer, then you won’t want to miss this Expo. Over 500 hundred of the finest alpacas in the country will be competing for awards. You will have the opportunity to see these wonderful creatures first hand, talk with their owners, and get involved in the excitement of the show! Free Seminars are open to the public. On-site vendors will be selling beautiful and luxurious alpaca garments, as well as many specialty items. Some not alpaca related. Free seminars and workshops will be offered throughout the weekend. It’s a great way to give your knowledge of the alpaca industry a jump start. Get your early Fair foods at the Expo. Concessions available with your favorites; Mini doughnuts, Gyros, Corn dogs, Kettle Korn, Tacos and so much more. Silent Auction bids are open to everyone. Specialty items will be updated as the donations come in. Message Center 651-402-5438.


May 4-5: 6th Annual Llama & Alpaca Education/Information Day. A full day of free learning on care, uses and more with camelids. Information may be found here Contact is Niki Kuklenski

May 10-12: SWWLA Panhandle is tentatively Mother’s Day weekend. Contact is Peggy Gresham

May 18-19: The COLA 25th Annual Festival, Prineville, Oregon. Held at the Crook County Fairgrounds. Our judges are Phil Feiner, halter and performance, and Maryan Baker, halter and fleece. Jenni Jimmerson will judge fleece also. It will be a double point show for halter. Performance and fleece judging will be on Saturday with halter on Sunday. There will Best of Show awards for the Champion Male and Champion Female under each judge, and for Fleece On, Shorn Fleece, and Fleece Products. The Show contact person is Sherry Halligan, 541-420-1334, .

June 22-23: Fifth Annual Jinglebells Extravaganza Llama Show, Oympia, Washington. Held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds (less than ten minutes off the I-5 corridor). Our fun and organized group of Northwestern Regional llama owners are hosting the event. As in the past we will have many fun and creative ideas and have added some more to bring the FUN into showing! This includes a decorating contest for ranches, door prizes, table auctions, and innovative prizes to help get the Excitement & Energy back into showing. Please take advantage of this theme and buy your decorations, outfits etc. during the holiday season! We make it reasonable for YOU to attend. We will continue to offer a double point halter, performance, fleece-on, bagged fleece and more in our show. There will be camping options available and the Super 8 in Lacey, Wash. is close by the fairgrounds. Please direct any questions to our Show Superintendent, Donna Clark at We are now on FACEBOOK under “Jingle Bells Extravaganza,” make sure you find us on there! Add your pictures from the previous years and see the ones we have put up!

July 20-21: A Llama Affaire, Clark County, Washington. Held at the Clark County Equestrian Center. Hosted by SWWLA. Contact is Kirk Gresham

September 28-29: Oregon Flock and Fiber. Details to come, but format will be similar to 2012. Contact is

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