Handsome, aloof and looking a little like a cross between a camel and a sheep, the alpaca is one of nature’s strangest creations. Alpacas first appeared at the Show in 1869, but it is only since 1992 that they have been a continual feature. Over the intervening years, the Alpaca industry has become an important part of agriculture in Australia, with close to 2,500 Alpaca growers. Australian Alpaca wool is exported worldwide and prized international for its high quality.
Sydney Royal Alpaca & Alpaca Fleece Competitions
Fashion parades, display of Alpaca fleeces, infotainment, the Sydney Royal Alpaca Judging Competition and Alpaca Junior Handler Classes.
When: 18 April - 23rd April (Munro Pavillion). Judging Friday 18 April, 9am; Saturday 19 April, 12pm; Sunday 20 & Monday 21, from 8.30am.
Where: Alpaca Pavilion
The Natural Fibre Showcase
The Natural Fibre Showcase will explore Australia’s fibre industries. Come see how things like cotton, alpaca, mohair, wool and other natural fibres are made into the products we use every day.
When: 9:30am – 7pm, daily
Where: The Barn
For more information on the Sydney Royal Alpaca Judging Competition
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|Did you know?
|• There are two types of Alpacas: Huacaya and Suri
|• Originally from the high semi-desert Alps of South America
|• They have a pregnancy period of 340 days – nearly 1 year!