Presentations, Fun Things, and Fiber Demonstrations

All Presentations, Fun Things, and Demonstrations are FREE and open to all!

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Come meet a llama or an alpaca and take a walk or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go through the obstacle course, take a ride in a llama-pulled cart, learn how to take a camelid day-packing and see just how wonderfully smart and athletic these animals are. There will be experienced 4-H members and advisers available to get you hooked up with just the right animal! There will also be fun fiber stations where you can felt a flower or an acorn, braid a Friendship bracelet or make a lead rope.

Fiber Demonstrations

These will be on-going at various locations within the Fiber Building. Come see all that can be created with camelid fiber!

  1. Weaving on a Triangle Loom
  2. Weaving Rugs on a Peg Loom
  3. Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
  4. Spinning; drop spindle and wheel
  5. Carding with Hand Carders
  6. Soda straw weaving
  7. Kumihimo Braiding
  8. Rope Making
  9. Shearing a Camelid; with hand shears and electric clippers
  10. Make and Take: Felted Acorns
  11. Make and Take: Felted Flowers

Times listed are for both Saturday and Sunday.

Are Camelids Right for You?

Presenter: Carol Reigh, Pennsylvania

10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Knowledgeable, long-time camelid owner, Carol Reigh, from Pennsylvania, will talk about what makes an enjoyable, successful camelid experience; what can be done with camelids; how to locate the right animal for your needs; and what to ask and to expect from a reputable breeder. She will also be available to answer your questions.

Every Camelid Needs to Halter and Lead

Presenter: Marc Page, Massachusetts

11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Marc Page, from Massachusetts, will take you through the important basics of approaching, haltering, and leading your camelids with confidence. This is a “must” for anyone that has camelids or is thinking of getting them.

Ask-a-Vet

Presenter: Dr. Pamela Walker, Ohio

Noon and 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Pamela Walker, from Ohio, is a long-time camelid veterinarian who will give the basics of caring for your camelids; what you can do yourself and when it is necessary to call in your vet. She will also be available to answer your questions.

What Do You Do with All That Fiber?

Presenter: Chris Riley, Massachusetts

1:00 p.m.

Chris Riley, from Massachusetts and owner of the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool, can give you a variety of uses for all the luscious fiber your camelids will produce — and there is a use for every type and quality of fiber!

Fiber for Income

Presenter: Wade Gease, Wisconsin

2:00 p.m.

Wade Gease, from Wisconsin and President of the Alpaca Fiber Co-op of North America, is going to tell you how you can create an income stream from the fiber you take off your animals — from just selling it right off the animal to having beautiful finished products and every use in between.

Comparing Fibers

Presenter: Christian Davies, Iowa

3:00 p.m.

Christian Davies, from Iowa, is an alpaca owner and operates a fiber processing mill. He will explain the importance of using the right fiber for different projects as well as how you can add value to wools by adding camelid fiber to them.

Camelids for Therapy and Day Packing

Presenter: Vince Deschene, Minnesota

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Vince Deschene, from Minnesota, will share his experiences using his camelids to bring joy and smiles to those in nursing homes and hospitals and talk about the therapeutic effect llamas and alpacas have. Also, just how much fun can be had with an hour or so, or a day with a small pack to carry lunch and a camera for a walk through the woods.

Carting with Camelids

Presenter: Dan Whittaker, Minnesota

On-going in 4-H building

Dan Whittaker, from Minnesota, trains and uses his llamas for pulling carts and carriages and will share training tips and techniques.

Mountain Packing

Presenter: Dr. Kristy Brown, Wisconsin

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Kristy Brown, from Wisconsin, can take you on the next step in packing with llamas, using her knowledge and experience of heading up into the high country for days or weeks and letting the llamas carry the luggage! It’s one of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy nature with family and friends.