OBJECTIVE: For youth to learn and become responsible for aspects of raising alpacas as fiber production livestock. The learning process includes the care, feeding, training and showing of alpacas along with shearing and preparation of fleeces. The utmost thing is to have fun, and learn good showmanship with other members.

MEETINGS: The meetings will be held at various farms that have been approved by the leaders.

ANIMALS: Members may own their animals. For those 4-H’ers that want to lease animals, they must sign a contract between the owner and the 4-H member and parents.

CLUB DUES: Club dues are collected from each member/family in the amount of $20.00 for 1 child or $30.00 for multiple children in the same family. With the payment of these dues each member will receive a club T-shirt and the remainder of the money will go to the benefit of the entire club, such as: barn repairs/upkeep, barn fencing needs, etc.

1. See "4-H Rules and Policies" in the front of your handbook.

2. Each member will complete a poster, following the poster rules within your Handbook. One poster from each grade level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) will be chosen as a State Fair entry. After the completion of 6 posters/6 years, the member has the option of doing a craft project instead of a poster. Topic must be something related to alpaca and age/knowledge appropriate. Ask your leaders for ideas.

3. Alpaca Fiber Crafts: Exhibit will be judged on craftsmanship only. Crafts must have been made within one year of exhibit. Any craft item with alpaca fiber may be entered. Craft may also contain other materials. Fiber may be processed (felted, spun, etc) or unprocessed, and may have originated from any alpaca. Exhibits will consist of one completed craft item, which can be a single item or set, and a notebook explaining how the craft was made. One craft item from each grade level will be chosen as a State Fair entry.

4. A 4-H Alpaca record sheet, and Question & Answer sheet, completely filled out, and with 4-H member, parents and 4-H Leader signatures, MUST BE TURNED INTO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 2017, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/manuals/ Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

5. Club activities may include the observation of a breeding cycle, the training of an alpaca for the show ring, learning and participating in health care and fiber production. 

6. Each member will participate in annual shearing.

7. Members will be encouraged to attend alpaca related activities and/or events, such as National Breed Association shows, and fiber shows.

1. Each member will show their alpaca in all three show events, which includes Showmanship, Obstacle and Costume classes.
     A. Showmanship—Judged on how well 4-H’er reacts with the alpaca and how well the alpaca is trained and presented to the judge. The showmanship class is a demonstration of the handler’s advantage at halter. Handler’s attire should be
neat, clean and appropriate for the class. White top, black bottoms and dark colored shoes should be worn. Quality of alpaca’s conformation is not important. Control of alpaca and knowledge of anatomy/physiology is important.
     B. Obstacle—Not a timed event. The purpose of the obstacle course is to demonstrate the well-trained animals’ obedience and willingness to complete activities requested by the handler. A variety of obstacles will be available for training, and the obstacles for each age division will be chosen by the leaders from these posted on the first day of Fair.
     C. Costume—The FUN class! The 4-H’er decides on a theme and then dresses himself/herself and the alpaca to illustrate the theme. A script needs to be written by the 4-H’er to explain the theme to the audience during the Costume Show. The alpaca must be worked with to accept the costume. THERE WILL BE NO FULL BODY COSTUMES ON THE ALPACA CONSIDERING THE TEMPERATURE DURING JULY. ALL COSTUMES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE LEADERS PRIOR TO WORKING WITH THE COSTUME AND ALPACA.

2. Each member will compete in group divisions. Beginner: grades 3, 4, and 5. Intermediate: grades 6, 7, and 8. Advanced: grades 9 through 12.

3. Champion and Reserve Champion for each grade level will be awarded to the first and second highest accumulation of points from the Showmanship, Obstacle, and Costume classes. Each category is worth 50 points. There will be no changing of score sheets by either the judge or leaders during the show. If there is a problem during the show, the show will be stopped and the Noble County Extension Office staff will be called to handle it. Their decision will be final.

4. Judges will be picked by the Noble County Extension Office, one for poster, one for crafts, and one for the other three (Showmanship, Obstacle and Costume). The judge will follow the scoring sheet given to him/her, with no deviation, unless approved by the Noble County Extension Office staff.

5. When at the Noble County Fair, each member will be responsible for their family doing their fair share.
     1. Cleaning up after animal(s)
     2. Feeding and watering their animal(s) (AM & PM)
     3. Helping with set up and tear down.
     4. Owners of animal(s) will provide feed, water and bowls, hay sacks, and anything else needed for the animal(s).
     5. If we all work together as a group, no one person should have to do much and the work will still get done. Everyone can have a great time at the Fair.

Anyone desiring to exhibit in the 4-H State Fair Show must comply with all the State Fair rules.