A-OK Alpaca Blast-Off Event Celebrates 15th Anniversary | Economy



CHICKASHA – It’s time again for alpacas and alpacas enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, to come together for the annual A-OK Alpaca Blast-Off. In celebration of this year’s 15th anniversary, the show will be held for the first time at the Grady County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Chickasha on Saturday and Sunday November 13-14.

Events are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

The Alpaca Blast-Off held its inaugural show in January 2007 at the Shawnee Exhibition Center. After moving the show to Guthrie for five years, the show returned to Shawnee. Then, after four years, the show will now be held in Chickasha for the first time.

“The excitement is growing and we now have over 200 alpacas registered to judge this weekend,” said Debbie Ashley, President of Alpacas of Oklahoma. “We have 54 farms and ranches from 17 states that come to Chickasha to show off their alpacas.

“The free event is a great way to learn more about the alpaca industry while chatting with hundreds of breeders and meeting their alpacas face to face, all in one place.”

Alpacas will be featured in the show ring competition, made up of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for Suri and Huacaya alpacas.

The youngest will also present their alpacas at the Concours des Jeunes on Saturday, November 13 at 9 a.m.

“There will be vendors as well as several ranches selling alpaca fiber products,” Ashley said. “We will have fiber demonstrations and judgments on the alpacas and youth obstacle courses. The event is open to the public. We ask that you stay home if you are sick or unwell.

Throughout the weekend, attendees can learn how alpaca fleece is processed, as well as the chance to enjoy spinning and fiber demonstrations. Photos and this year’s photo contest winners will be posted for everyone to enjoy.

The event will feature production classes, a photography competition, silent auction, vendors and the fall harvest banquet.

And because the holidays are fast approaching, surprise your loved ones with a unique gift of the event. Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the finished products, including the latest alpaca fashions and handcrafted items.

Alpacas of Oklahoma, a regional affiliate of the Alpaca Owners Association, is one of the most active alpaca organizations in the country, dedicated to “ethically promoting all things alpaca”.

The organization offers a wide variety of services designed to support existing farms and ranches in addition to welcoming those new to the alpaca industry. By adding value to the alpaca experience, Alpacas of Oklahoma offers its members a resource that supports the health and well-being of this breeding choice.

For more information visit alpacasofoklahoma.com.

The youngest participants will present their alpacas at the A-OK Alpaca Blast-Off during the competition for young people on Saturday, November 13 at 9 a.m. Photo provided.

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The free A-OK Alpaca Blast Off event is a great way to learn more about the alpaca industry while chatting with hundreds of breeders and meeting their alpacas in person, all in one place. Photo provided.

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