TALLMADGE — Every year, hundreds of alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, gather for the Buckeye Alpaca Show. This year’s show will take place Feb. 10 and 11 at the Arena Complex, Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge.
This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Alpacas will be featured in the show ring competition, comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.
Throughout the weekend, artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, youth will take to the ring to compete with their alpacas. A costume contest will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m., when young participants will strut their stuff with their costumed alpaca. Costumes will be judged on the comfort of the animal with foreign objects on their head, legs and feet, and how imaginative the costume is as well as the story each participant must write telling about the costume.
This year’s free seminars are focused on fiber arts. Saturday classes include: Intro to Needle Felting; Beginner Knitting, Knitting a Beaded Bracelet; Intro to Drop Spinning; and Weaving on a Lucet. Sunday classes will feature: Weaving Demo, Nuno Felting Demo; and Intro to Yarn Painting. Class times and descriptions are posted at www.buckeyealpacashow.com. Sign up for classes by emailing Sunnimoor@roadrunner.com or in person at the show. Class sizes are limited; first come, first served.
For more information, visit http://buckeyealpacashow.com.