On Tuesday, Jan 10, four of our 4-H Alpacateers kicked off the 2017 season at the 101st Pa. Farm Show. The kids worked hard, putting in many hours in Nov. and Dec. and their effort paid off.
Grace won her second straight Intermediate Showmanship blue ribbon after the group had to go through a second round of competition because of two sets of ties the first go-round. By virtue of winning, Grace was eligible to compete for Grand Champion against all the other age-group champs. She came up a wee two points short of taking home an alpaca trophy. In the same class, Sarah placed fourth.
In Junior Showmanship, Naomi finished fourth and Annabelle came in sixth.
The Obstacle competition didn’t go as well as it could because Dagger and Chevy didn’t cooperate despite patient and creative urges from their handlers. Grace came in fourth; Sarah, fifth; and Naomi was fourth.
Annabelle had better luck with Channing as the two turned in a great performance, placing third in the Junior age group.
With the serious stuff behind them, all four teamed up in a fun Costume Class. Channing had never before worn clothes (and to be sure she wasn’t real happy about wearing them then).
But with a little coaxing from her team, she was ready to go to a party.
On Nov. 12, nine of our 4-H kids competed at the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association Showcase in York.
Eight of our kids earned ribbons, led by Sarah, who placed second in Intermediate Showmanship, followed by her brother Jonathon, who came in third in Junior Showmanship. Our youngest member, Asher, placed second in Sub-Junior Showmanship in his very first show.
Other ribbon winners were Mary (third in Senior Showmanship), Julia (fourth in Senior Showmanship), Grace (seventh in Intermediate Showmanship), Aiden (seventh in Intermediate Showmanship), Annabelle (sixth in Junior Showmanship), and Naomi (seventh in Junior Showmanship).
We thank all the kids for their support and commend them for their effort.
We all survived the blistering heat last weekend for our annual 4-H Fair competition. Fortunately we were able to move the show under the big tent on Saturday. Both judges complimented the kids on outstanding performances, and the hearty spectators appreciated the unique competition.
In the 8-11 age group for Agility, Kayla placed first; Naomi, second; Jonathon, third; and Annabelle, fourth. In the Showmanship class, Jonathon finished first; Naomi, second; Annabelle, third; and Kayla, fourth.
In the 12-14 Agility class, Aiden and Ava tied for points with Aiden finishing first in a tiebreaker. Sarah placed third. In Showmanship, Ava earned the blue ribbon, with Sarah finishing second and Aiden, third.
In the 15-18 age group, Julia placed first, Mary finished second and Grace was third. In Showmanship, Mary finished first; Grace, second; and Julia, third.
The Reserved Champion (second highest point total in both events) was Mary with 166 points, and the Grand Champion was Julia with 171 points.
• Our 6th Annual Agility Invitational was a huge success. The weather was perfect. We had 20 competitors from three 4-H clubs, one from as far away as north Jersey. Our kids took advantage of the home turf to garner four first places, four seconds, three thirds and two fourths.
In the Junior Age Group (8-11), Naomi finished first in agility and second in showmanship, Kayla was second in agility and third in showmanship, Annabelle was third in agility and first in showmanship, while Asher, in his very first competition, placed fourth in agility.
In the Intermediate Age Group (12-14), Ava was first in agility and fifth in showmanship and Aiden was second in agility.
In the Senior Age Group (15-17), Julia was first in agility and fourth in showmanship, while Grace placed second in agility and third in showmanship.
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We are SO PROUD of our 4-H Alpacateers. They turned in outstanding performances at the 100th Pa. Farm Show on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
The Farm Show is the largest indoor farm show in the country. As such it is a very prestigious event. Placing in the farm show is akin to competing for a state title in athletics.
It was an early start for the kids as they had to arrive for registration at 7 a.m. Grace and Julia competed in the Intermediate Division, while Jonathan performed in the Junior Division.
Julia set the standard by placing third in obstacles with Morgan, and Grace rose to the challenge with a blue-ribbon performance with Chase. Jonathan also guided Chase through the obstacles and finished second.
In showmanship, Julia finished sixth, but Grace was not to be outdone as she added another blue ribbon to her collection. Jonathan kept his streak alive with a second red ribbon. He lost to the winner in both classes by a single point.
The following are three videos of Grace’s, Julia’s and Jonathan’s performances:
In addition to the three members who were showing alpacas, five others were demonstrating fiber arts in the same arena. The public was invited down to ask questions and see the projects up close.
Because it was the first time alpacas were a part of the show, they attracted a lot of media attention.
Lancaster Channel 8 did a piece on the show, though it didn’t include any of our members. Here is a link to the segment.
The Harrisburg Patriot-News also posted photos of most of the participants with their alpacas:
The Reading Eagle did a story featuring Julie. The following link gives you the lead photo and headline but you can’t access the story unless you have a subscription. They are supposed to be sending us a copy of the newspaper.
Three of our members also competed in the 4-H Potato Judging Contest. It was only the second year that Montgomery County entered teams. Grace shocked herself again by collecting a third blue ribbon as her team won the A-Team Division. She was also second overall of 63 participants, falling short of her fourth blue ribbon by a scant 3 points.
Naomi and Annabelle were members of B Team 2, which placed second among B Teams. Montgomery County placed four B Teams among the top 7.
• Sunday, Oct. 11, was a perfect day for our annual Parent/Child 4-H Egg and Spoon race. After getting soundly defeated by the parents last year, the kids rallied to take all top six places. Sarah was the easy winner as she blew away the field in a time of 55.15 seconds. Sisters Julia and Annabelle finished second (1:02.82) and third (1:05.23), respectively. They were followed by Jessica Joy (2:38.08), Natalie (1:12.82), and Clare (1:18.74). The closest parent was Jere with a time of 1:40.38.
This year’s 4-H Fair was spectacular. It was warm and sunny every day often with a refreshing breeze. We had many visitors to our booth and educated many of them about alpacas. Those who referred to our animals as “llamas” were warned not to let the alpacas hear that or they might get spit upon.
Our agility competition on Saturday was very competitive. Grace won the Grand Champion in the Senior Division with a nearly flawless circuit of the obstacles. Sarah was a close second to garner Reserved Champion. Ava finished in third place.
In the Junior Division, Jonathan predicted two days before the event that he would win and lived up to that billing by edging Aiden by a single point. Jessica Joy finished in third place.
Congratulations should also go out to Sarah, Jonathan, Aiden and Ava for garnering Blue Merit ribbons for their fair projects. Ava, in fact, was awarded the Clover Award for her outstanding project of an alpaca birthing box.
Natalie and Julia conspired to produce a scrapbook of our year’s activities, which also won a Blue Merit ribbon with a perfect score.
It is with sad regret that we say good bye to our 4-H Alpacateers President. Katy has served us well over the past two years and will be heading off to Penn State University on June 14th to embark on the next stage of her career. She has been a great leader for us and given the club strong direction as a member for the past four years.
She completed her last event with us on June 6th at the Agility Invitational, placing third agility in a very experienced age group.
Ironically, Katy used Chase to compete in her final event at the Agility Invitational. Here is a video of her Third Pace performance.
We are very proud of our four 4-H kids that competed in the Potato Judging at the Pa. Farm Show. Grace’s A Team finished in third place, while Naomi, Annabelle and Jessica’s B Team finished fourth in their very first year in the competition. Individually, Grace finished second overall (out of 56), just a half point out of first. (We are thinking she may have a potential career with the USDA.) Jessica tied for seventh overall. It was a great showing and everyone had a fun time. Here are some of the photos of them competing.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 was what we hope will become an annual event. We had close to 30 parents, children and guests participate in a game of Capture the Flag. Our President and Vice President drew names out of a hat to determine teams. After 10 minutes for each team to hide its flag and delegate duties, the game began. The teams were evenly matched so no one was able to capture the other team’s flag. However, when time expired, the Red team held a 7-5 advantage in number of prisoners and was declared the unofficial winner. We thank everybody for participating. A good time was had by all, except the few that were caught in the first 10 minutes and had to stay in jail almost the entire game! No team was able to release any of its prisoners.