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Llama/Alpaca Project Information and Forms


Species Superintendent - Cindy Howard,

For complete Livestock Rules and Fair Participation Requirement Information refer to the 2024 HCCFair Rulebook


For all Llama and Alpaca Projects, complete the Llama and Alpaca Project and Record Book each year. The Llama and Alpaca Resource Handbook is also needed for these projects but only needs to be purchased once and can be used by multiple family members.



  • Possession Dates – All project animals must be in the possession and care of the Junior Fair participant by the following dates

    • April 1st of the current year for Llama and Alpaca projects

  • Registrations - All Llama and Alpaca projects must meet the following registration deadlines. Late or missing paperwork will make the participant ineligible to compete in the current year at the Hamilton County Community Fair.

    • 4-H Enrollment Form deadline – March 1st

    • Project Commitment Form deadline – May 7th

  • Animals used for Llama and Alpaca projects may be owned or leased by the Juner Fair participant.      

  • Llamas and Alpacas must be five months or older on the day of the show. 

  • All Llamas and Alpacas must be in accordance with current health regulations. 

  • Llamas and Alpacas must be neatly groomed and free of disease. 

  • Llamas and Alpacas must be sufficiently broken to be led by the exhibitor. 


  • Llamas and Alpacas will be shown together if there are not enough animals to make separate classes.

  • Besides showmanship, there will be an obstacle course class.  This class will include 8-10 obstacles. Obstacle possibilities could include walking through streamers, backing a circle, picking up a blanket or sheet and rubbing it on the animal, change of pace, bridges, walking around an inanimate or animate object, weaving around objects, or ducking. 



  • A clean, appropriately buttoned, tucked-in, collared shirt with short or long sleeves.

  • Long blue or black slacks/jeans or a skirt falling at or below the knee.

  • Footwear must consist of work boots or heavy shoes. Athletic-type shoes are NOT permitted.


  • For a description of Showmanship see the Llama and Alpaca Resource Handbook and the Special Contests and Awards section of the Rulebook.

  • For all species, the 4-H youth must participate in his/her respective showmanship class in order to participate in other classes in the species show.

  • If there are less than 2 participants in either Senior or Junior Showmanship, these classes will be combined. The combined class will be used as the Showman of Showmen Run-Off.

  • Senior Showmanship

    • Open to all Llama and Alpaca exhibitors 14 – 18 years old (as of January 1st of the current year)

  • Junior Showmanship

    • Open to all Llama and Alpaca exhibitors 8 – 13 years old (as of January 1st of the current year)

  • Novice Showmanship

    • Open to all Junior Fair participants in the Junior or Senior age group, showing a Llama and Alpaca project for the FIRST TIME EVER. A participant may OPT OUT of Novice Showmanship and show in their age category but must notify the Species Superintendent.

    • If there are fewer than 3 novice participants the Species Superintendent may choose not to hold a novice class. In this case, the participants would show in their age category.



Obstacle Course

**The Species Superintendent is not required to hold any class that has less than 3 participants. Under these circumstances, classes may be combined as the superintendent deems appropriate.



  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place ribbons will be given in each Llama & Alpaca class.

  • 1st Place trophies will be given in each Llama/Alpaca show class.

  • Top Exhibitor and Reserve Top Exhibitor Awards will be given for both Junior and Senior divisions. These winners will be the Junior Fair participants who have the two highest combined scores from the four project program areas: Project Judging, Skillathon, Showmanship placing, and Class placings.

  • To qualify for Top Exhibitor Awards the participant must participate in EACH of the four project program areas and receive a minimum score of 80% on Project Judging and Skillathon.

  • Top Exhibitors will receive a monetary award. Top Exhibitor Awards are given at the Awards Ceremony. 

  • Exhibitors showing in Novice Showmanship are not eligible for Top Exhibitor Awards.

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