Costumed alpacas: Not your traditional costume contest |

Costumed alpacas: Not your traditional costume contest

The photo is from a previous year's Alpaca Costume Contest.
Alpaca Owner’s Association, Inc. |

DENVER, Colo. — Don’t miss your opportunity to witness an extremely unique (yet adorable) competition at the Denver National Western Complex in Denver on Friday, March 17. An Alpaca Costume Contest will take place, and is open to the public free of charge. Four age groups (under 9 years old, 9-11 years old, 12 14 years old and 15-19 years old) will strut their stuff with their costumed alpacas in the main show ring. Costumes will be judged on the comfort of the animal with foreign objects on their head, legs and feet, and how imaginative the costume is as well as the story each participant must write telling about the costume.

First through sixth place ribbons will be awarded to those with the highest points.

The Alpaca Costume Contest is part of the Alpaca Owners Association National Alpaca Show sponsored by Red Granite Ranch in Livermore, Colo., a family-friendly event which draws hundreds of alpaca enthusiasts and fiber artists from across the country.

Show hours are:

Friday, March 17, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, March 18, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, March 19, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Alpacas from across the country will also be featured in the show ring competition. The show will be comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.

Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.

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