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The 15th Anniversary A-OK Alpaca Blast-Off event celebration will be held for the first time at the Grady County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Chickasha on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14. Photo provided.

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

Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

The Alpaca Blast-Off held its inaugural show in January 2007 at the Expo Center in Shawnee. 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.

“Excitement is growing and we now have over 200 Alpacas entered for judging that weekend,” said Debbie Ashley, President of Alpacas of Oklahoma. “We have 54 farms and ranches from 17 states coming to Chickasha to show off their Alpacas.

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

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.

Younger participants will present their alpacas as well in the Youth Competition on Saturday, November 13 at 9 a.m.

“There will be vendors as well as several ranches selling products made from Alpaca fiber,” Ashley said. “We will have fiber demonstrations and judging of Alpacas and Youth navigating obstacle courses. The event is open to the public. We ask that you stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.”

Throughout the weekend, attendees can learn how alpaca fleece is processed, along with the opportunity to enjoy spinning and fiber demonstrations. This year’s photo contest entries and winners will be displayed for all to enjoy.

The event will feature production classes, a photography contest, a silent auction, vendors and the Fall Harvest Banquet.

And because the holidays are just around the corner, surprise loved ones with a unique gift from the event. Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the finished products, including the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted 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 the “ethical promotion of all things alpaca.”

The organization provides a wide variety of services designed to support existing farms and ranches in addition to welcoming those who are new to the alpaca industry. Adding value to the alpaca experience, Alpacas of Oklahoma gives members a resource that supports the health and welfare of this livestock choice.

For more information, visit alpacasofoklahoma.com.

Alpaca Blast off

Younger participants will present their alpacas at the A-OK Alpaca Blast-Off during the Youth Competition on Saturday, November 13 at 9 a.m. Photo provided.

Alpaca Blast off photo

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

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