The Largest Alpaca Fleece Competition in the U.S. is Coming to Nashville

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Nashville, TN — July 5, 2018 — Since the United States first commercially imported alpacas in 1984, alpaca breeders have worked hard to produce offspring with the finest, softest, most lustrous fleece.

The inaugural 2018 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Natural Fiber Extravaganza sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber takes place July 13-15 at the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon, TN and will feature the Alpaca Owners Association National Fleece Competition.

The Alpaca Owners Association National Fleece Competition is the largest alpaca fleece show in the United States. More than 630 fleeces have been entered from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Fleeces entered are shorn from the prime blanket area only and skirted so that neck, belly and leg areas have been removed. They are sorted for competition by breed type (huacaya or suri), gender, age and color groups. The fleeces are assigned points using an absolute scoring system within each of the following characteristics: fineness and handle, uniformity of micron, length and color, character and density, absence of guard hair and impurities, as well as fleece weight.

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