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Alpaca 4-H club members bring home Grange Fair ribbons


4-H club Pronking Pacas, of Harley Hill Farm, participated in showmanship and obstacle competitions at the Middletown Grange Fair in Wrightstown Aug. 16.

Alpaca showmanship classes are like other animal shows in that the handler was scored on how well he or she knew and showed his or her animal. The obstacle event demonstrates the alpaca’s ability and willingness to accept training and work with its handler through obstacles they will use in most everyday life. The obstacle course had participants leading their alpacas through challenges including a jump, a teeter-totter, running to a stop, a tunnel, and cones.

The club brought home an impressive amount of ribbons in the Senior, Intermediate, and Junior age divisions. Pronking Pacas also had members in the Senior Division who placed as master showman and Junior Division with reserve master showman. These two honors are the highest and second-highest scores of all age groups who competed in showmanship. Members received a master reserve champion ribbon, and a master champion ribbon with plaques.

4-H awards for achievement were also given for Farm Credit, Junior Cloverleaf, multiple ladder awards and 4-H Ambassadors.

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