October 20th - 23rd, 2022

Iowa State Fairgrounds
Des Moines, Iowa

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Not very long now until we are all together in Des Moines.   It is the all together part that is spurring me to write this update to our Covid protocols.   As you know many of our alpaca owners and exhibitors are older or battling various types of illnesses and whether it our our job to protect them or not, we feel obligated to make sure we do the best job of that we can achieve and given the resurgence of the Delta variant and the percentage of breakthrough cases of the vaccinated adults we have made the choice to keep with last years protocols for our 2021 show.  They are as follows:

- Masks and social distancing - we will require a mask be worn while you are in our building at the fairgrounds this is for Vaccinated attendees as well.  It is simple to do and you know this is a requirement. Please be respectful of all attendees and follow this protocol.  Please bring enough masks for the entire weekend.  Another item we are sure you are used to at this point is social distancing.  By now everyone knows what 6 feet looks like so please stay socially distant from each other while at the show.

- Closed to the public - only vendors, exhibitors and volunteers are allowed in the building.  Depending on outdoor temps, doors will be open to encourage airflow but there will be signs at the doors that let folks know it will be a closed event.

-  Judge's will not hand out ribbons - we will use the same procedure we used in 2020 for ribbon distribution.

- Roaming Ring Steward - This is a big change to normal show procedures but we are taking the ring steward out of the ring generally.  We are telling you this now so if you have an alpaca that you believe might be unruly in the ring take the extra time now to work with your animals and try to get them as comfortable as possible with the ring procedures.   We do understand that no matter how much you work with your alpacas occasionally they surprise you with their behavior in the ring so we are going to have a roaming ring steward that can be summoned by the judge in extreme circumstances but please get your alpacas as comfortable as possible to make sure you can handle them all by yourself.

- No Thursday night exhibitor dinner - Our meals on check in day have always been self service.  Self service just does not cut it right now.   With that said we are having the exhibitors meeting Thursday night sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 so to help you carry over to whatever dinner you select for yourself we will have some beverages and snack bags to take the edge off.

- Changes to rings - We will make sure each ring has their own holding area and that they are not sharing the same space.  Just makes sense and allows social distancing easier.

- Hand sanitizer stations - these will be placed around the barn for your use but please make sure you bring a supply. Also please do not forget that frequent hand washing is another awesome way to keep you healthy.

- Lastly, we are asking you to be intelligent with your health and the health of everyone attending the show.  If you have had contact with someone who tested positive and your local health department has said you should quarantine during any part of the show please stay home.  If you are sick before you leave for Des Moines, then stay home.  Once you get to the show if you start to not feel well at any point during the event remove yourself from the venue or do not return if you are already away from the barn.   Just let us know and we will find a way to get your alpacas shown.  If you are in the building then you are responsibly saying to all your fellow show attendees, I am feeling great, I do not have a fever or feel ill in any way and I believe I am in a physical condition that I can attend the show with no danger to anyone at the event.

I think that is about it guys.   Thanks so much for making the choice to come to the shows, we will be super excited to welcome you on October 21st.   We all can't wait!