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Welcome to the Eastern Alpaca Jamboree 2024!
PA Farm Show Complex
Harrisburg, PA

April 4 - April 7, 2024

 Registration for the Jamboree will be open on 1/15/24.
Don't delay in signing up, these shows will close early!  Last year this show closed in just 17 days!

North American Alpaca Show
Click here to register for NAAS
*Stalls, Animal Entries (Halter, B&O and Companions), Sponsorships, Vendors & Meals*

Empire Alpaca Association Spring Show
Click here to register for ESS

*Animal Entries in Halter (FF, SB, B&O) & Walking Fleece ONLY*

PAOBA Breeders Showcase
Click here to register for PBS

*Animal Entries in Halter (FF,SB,B&O), Walking Fleece, Group Production & Performance and
 Fiber Arts & the Photography Competition*

 

What is this Mega Show format you ask?  It is the opportunity to maximize the value in showing, maximize your dollar, maximize your time, maximize your ability to gain AOA show points, maximize the ability to gain valuable evaluations of your alpacas!  We will provide 5 events in 3 days, that is 3 halter shows and 2 WF shows, all in one travel away from the farm, one hotel stay, one CVI, one group of meals and one set of miles on your vehicles.  Here is the amazing part, you can choose how active you would like to be, taking part in all or in just a select few of the events we have to offer.

How will we accomplish this, you ask?  With just 2 Huacaya rings and 1 Suri ring (w/ 40+ suri in show) to make it easier on our exhibitors to follow the pace, we will have 1 show at a time each day, males in one ring and females in the other.  When the 1st show ends the 2nd show will begin with a new set of judges.  After completion of the 2nd show, the 3rd will commence with new judges yet again.  While the halter rings are going on, the walking fleece shows will be going on as with any other show.  Super easy flow to follow!  However, in order to keep it easy for folks we need to limit our entries so the judges may complete their assignments each day.  The shows will be limited to 280 huacaya and 140 suri per show. 

You want show points?  We will do our best to get them for you.  Interesting tid-bit, 78% of the 2023 AOA Halter Show Award winners  attended at least one of our Mega Show formats.  You certainly do not have to  participate in every event at the Jamboree to  create your perfect weekend, but if you are chasing points the opportunity to compete in this many events gives you an incredible leg up on your peers.

 

North American Alpaca Show Judges
Amanda VandenBosch- female huacaya & huacaya group production
Helen Testa - male huacaya & huacaya group production
Jude Anderson - suri & suri group production

EAA Spring Show
Jude Anderson - male huacaya
Helen Testa - female huacaya
Diana Timmerman - suri & walking fleece
Amanda VandenBosch - walking fleece

PAOBA Breeders Showcase
Amanda VandenBosch  - male huacaya
Jude Anderson - female huacaya
Helen Testa -
suri
Ken Hibitts - performance (Sat & Sun) & walking fleece
Diana Timmerman - walking fleece

How to choose what to register for?

Mega show formats can be intense; you could do everything, meaning 3 halter shows, 2 walking fleece shows, as well as performance, fiber arts and group production classes or you could register for just one show.  The choice is completely yours!

We think we have designed this format to be super exhibitor friendly, just one halter show a day and only 2 rings to keep track of.  However, we want you to walk away from this weekend feeling the event was amazing for you and your breeding program,  if that means scaling back the options to make you more comfortable, its 100% okay!

Check out what our exhibitors are saying!

Bart and Rhonda Leinberger, Alpacas of Indian Point Hills

We love showing in the mega show format because itís a great opportunity to get multiple judge opinions in one weekend with one hotel, pen and travel costs.  Itís fun and fast paced but organized so that you will be able to make all your classes.

 

Cathy Aksten Triple Diamond Alpacas

The mega shows are convenient, economical & competitive, (different judges opinions with the same short term variables like weather, humidity, etc). Options for each farm to pick & customize what show or shows to participate in). Extra day for evening networking and enjoying friends that might not come the distance for just 1 or 2 shows.

 

Chris Works, Kendall Creek Farm Alpacas

We really enjoyed the 2023 Version of the Jamboree. The Multi-show format reduced our cost per show and provided the opportunity for feedback from multiple judges in one weekend. Kudos to the organizers and volunteers for a well run event!

 

Cheryl Wise, Lake Alice Alpacas

The mega show gives us the opportunity to show in front of 3 different halter judges and 2 walking fleece judges for examination of the best of our herd. This let's us know if our breeding decisions are spot on or need more consideration.  This is huge for a small farm.

 

Jerry Forstner, Majestic Meadows and Alpaca Boutique

The mega shows have revived the alpaca industry and while hectic at times are a wonderful way to showcase your best stock in front of multiple judges at once.

 

Randy Strong, K-Ran Alpacas

Advantages of the Mega alpaca shows is that you can get multiple judges evaluation at one location.  You only have to pay the stall fee for multiple shows saving money. And you have the ability to collect many show points in the AOA show system both for your farm and for individual alpacas.

 

Elaine Simpson, Hilltop Hideaway Alpacas

We were really skeptical about attending such a large show butÖit was a surprise. The Eastern Alpaca Jamboree was very well organized & ran smoothly.

 

Marie Voorhees, Hidden Spring Lavender && Alpaca Farm

Always a good time at this show and so much wonderful competition. Always run very efficiently and professionally, not to mention 3 great shows in 1 trip.

 

Brenda Weber, Blue Ridge Alpaca Ranch

The mega-show format in IA was well-organized and incorporated efficiency between the halter rings and walking fleece.  The show remained on schedule, which allowed many to finish before noon on Sunday.  I like being able to maximize my time and money in a show that offers several opportunities.

 

Stephanie Glyptis, AOA Certified Judge

From a judge's perspective, the mega shows offer a chance for exhibitors to get multiple evaluations from multiple judges in one location, and that also gives the judges a chance to discuss after the show how our training and calibration stand up.  We as judges often have a close pair in a class that could go either way, and we make our case in our reasons. Mega shows truly illustrate to the exhibitor how close some placings are in the class and how hard the placings can be for the judges.  It further shows how judges balance fleece and conformation. 

 

 

 

How to register for the 2024 Eastern Alpaca Jamboree

The North American Alpaca Show is the host show so you have to click on the link above for that show and at the very least register for stalls and animal entries on that site.  The NAAS site is where you would sign up for many of the items for the weekend including:  stalls, sponsorships, vendor spaces, meals and NAAS animal entries, etc. 

The EAA Spring Show registration site will only accept animal entries into Halter and WF classes for the EAA Spring Show.  For just $50 more you can sign up for both shows but in case you only want to come to the EAA Spring Show, don't forget to go to the NAAS registration site for your Stalling & Sponsorships.

The PAOBA Breeders Showcase registration site will only accept animal entries into Halter classes for the PAOBA Breeders Showcase, group production, as well as all youth and open performance classes and Auxiliary Fleece classes.  For just $50 more you can sign up for this 3rd show but in case you only want to come to the PAOBA Breeders Showcase, don't forget to go to the NAAS registration site for your Stalling and Sponsorships.

How to pay for your registrations

This year we will be accepting credit cards as a form of payment.  If you would like to pay via cc, follow this process;  complete the registration just as you always would, when you are finished click the submit button thus generating a confirmation email that will be sent to both you and the show superintendent.  Upon receiving that email, an invoice including both show's totals will be sent with a link to a secure payment site.  Take note of your total when clicking on that link.  This will bring you to a page where you fill out your payment information and click submit.   All done, notification from the credit card company that you have paid will be sent to us and will be then noted on your account.   Please make sure the amount you are submitting is correct and as always please do so in a timely manner.   Registrations are not final until payment is received.

Please remember that the weather in early spring can be unpredictable in Central PA, so come prepared! Should you have any questions relating to the show, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of the organizing groups, any of us.

We look forward to seeing you in Harrisburg at the 2024 Eastern Alpaca Jamboree!

Scott Young
Hilltop Alpacas
7825 County Hwy 67
Hancock, NY  13783
(607) 637-5201
hilltop@hancock.net
Kevin O'Leary
12746 Yacht Club Circle
Fort Myers, FL  33919
(603) 616-6010
rvalpacas@aol.com