|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
- 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!