|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 letter. Our exhibitors
and vendors are so excited to be able to go to an alpaca show
that we (as show organizers) are not even considering anything
but full steam ahead. However, if you have been watching the
news the last week, this region and much of where we are all
coming from is showing a rise in Covid 19 numbers. We all have
to be responsible for our safety and the safety of our fellow
show attendees so we just wanted to touch base with you and let
you know what our protocols will be at this event. Some of
this information is new, some we have let you know previously.
All of it we believe comes from standard and acceptable
protocols being used throughout our nation and the world.|
Masks and social distancing - if you saw 60 minutes Sunday night
a Doctor was asked would she rather a mask or a vaccine and she
said "mask". When asked why, she said because we know masks
work. On that note as you already know we will require a mask
be worn while you are in our building at the fairgrounds. 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 have not fully
worked out the how but we will be placing the ribbons in the
ring during each class and when the judge places your alpaca you
may go and get your ribbon and get back in line for orals.
- 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 the 22nd just a little over a
week away. We all can't wait!