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One weekend, two halter shows

and a walking fleece show

The Great Midwest Alpaca Festival &

the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest
Alliant Energy Center, New Holland Pavilion 1
Madison, Wisconsin

April 27 & 28, 2024

More than 300 alpacas will compete in the combined Great Midwest Alpaca Festival (GMAF) and the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest (WisAFF) April 27 & 28, 2024. The two halter shows and walking fleece show return this spring to Madison’s Alliant Energy Center for a fun and competitive two-show weekend. 

There will be two Alpaca Owners Association-certified shows running simultaneously. This double header format allows exhibitors to have their breeding program evaluated by two different judges. 

A collaboration between the Great Lakes Alpaca Association and The Great Midwest Alpaca Festival, the weekend offers something for everyone. There will be fiber arts contests, fiber classes, and seminars for those interested in learning more about alpacas. More than 50 vendors will offer yarn, roving, fiber equipment, and alpaca-themed items for sale as well as soaps, baskets and other hand-crafted items. The weekend is free and open to the public. Parking is $8.

The 2024 show book provides complete details along with the seminar and fiber arts classes schedule.

 

2024 Show Schedule 

Friday, April 26, 2024 (Breeders & Vendors)

  • Noon-6 p.m. – Exhibitor Check-in, Vet Check & Color Check          

  • Noon-6 p.m. – Vendor setup

  • 4-8 p.m. – Breeders' Meet and Greet

  • 6 p.m. – Judges' Color Verification

  • 6:15 p.m. – Exhibitor Meeting

  • 9 p.m. – Doors close for the day

Saturday, April 27, 2024

  • 7 a.m. – Doors open to breeders and vendors

  • 8 a.m. – Judging begins

  • 8 a.m. – Doors open to public

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Vendor area open

  • 8:30-10:00 a.m. – "Alpaca Health and Nutrition,"
    Dr. Raul Landeo. Free

  • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – "Just Weave: An Introduction
    to Weaving," Nancy Wilson, Laurie Thalacker
    and Mark Aycock. Class fee: $95

  • 9-10:30 a.m. – "Wet Felted Soaps," Bethanea
    Kottwitz. Class fee: $20

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon – "How Sorting Maximizes your
    Fleece Production," Georgia Meyer. Free

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – "Penny Mat Gnome," Bethanea
    Kottwitz, Class fee: $20

  • 12:30 p.m. – "Parasites, Good Practices
    and Prevention," Dr. Don Bliss. Free

  • 1-2:30 p.m. – "Wet Felted Geodes Soap," Bethanea
    Kottwitz. Class fee: $20

  • 2:30-4 p.m. – "Fiber Processing: Putting (and Keeping)
    Money in Your Pocket," Jessie and Dirk Monson of the
    Yarn 
    Factory. Free

  • 5 p.m. – Judging concludes for the day and doors
    close to the public.

  • 6 p.m. – Happy Hour, dinner and fashion show
    for breeders

  • 9 p.m. Doors close for the day
     

Sunday, April 28, 2024

  • 7 a.m. – Doors open to breeders and vendors

  • 8 a.m. – Judging resumes

  • 8 a.m. – Doors open to public

  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m. – Vendor area open

  • 8:00-9:30 a.m. – "The Wonderful World of Alpaca
    Yarn," Rachel Boucher. Free

  • 9-10:30 a.m. – "Drop Spindle Class"  CLASS FULL

  • 10-11:30 a.m. – "Alpaca 101: From Start up to
    Championships," Kevin Stoer. Free

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – "Needle Felted Gnomes," 
    Bethanea and Karen Kottwitz. Class fee: $20
    CLASS FULL

  • 1-3 p.m. – "Wet Felted Soap," Bethanea Kottwitz
    Class fee: $20

  • 3 p.m. – Show concludes

Alpaca Judging
AEC New Holland Pavillion

New Holland Pavilion 1
The combined Wisconsin Alpaca and Fiber Fest and The Great Midwest Alpaca Festival is held at the New Holland Pavilion 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The 90,000-square-foot heated facility  easily houses two show rings and more than 50 vendors under one roof.

 

Judges 

WisAFF Halter Judge: Jude Anderson

WisAFF Walking Fleece Judge: Laurel Shouvlin

GMAF Halter Judge: Jacob Hart

 

Show Superintendents

Halter Show Superintendent: Elizabeth Bernard

Walking Fleece Show Superintendent: Mary Curtis

Platinum Plus Sponsor
 

 

Eagle Eye Farm Logo

 

Dinner and Fashion Show
Saturday, April 27

Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m., followed by Fashion Show

MENU

Romaine salad with tomato, olive, red onion, parmesan and lemon basil vinaigrette dressing

Meatloaf with mushroom demi-glace

Smokehouse barbeque bone-in chicken with natural jus

Buttery mashed potato

Steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

Potato rolls and butter

House-made gourmet cookies

Cost is $35/person  (click HERE for tickets)

Thanks to Glengary Farm Alpacas/Andean Group LLC for sponsoring Happy Hour!

 The fashion show will feature alpaca clothing from
Everything Alpaca and The Alpaca Guy.

Hotel Information
 

The last weekend in April is a busy weekend in Madison so you're advised to make your hotel reservations early.

 

Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center is the host hotel. Use this link to make reservations online and receive the show discount. Call 608-284-1234 or 608-284-9401 to make a reservation. Ask for the Alpaca and Fiber Festival rooms to receive a discounted rate.  The Clarion will offer a cold breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. followed by a hot breakfast buffet at 6:30 a.m. 

A second host hotel is Hotel Indigo Madison Downtown901 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Click here to make reservations. Deadline for the discount is April 12. Rooms are $199/night.

Home2 Suites Madison Central will also be serving as a host hotel. You may call the hotel directly or the Hilton reservations line (800-445-8667) to make reservations by mentioning the WI Alpaca and Fiber Festival or group code 90D. You can also book online here.  Rooms are $179/night and there is no deposit due at the time of booking. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. The discount is good through April 2.

A list of other nearby accommodations can be found here.

Contact the Alliant Energy Center to reserve a campsite or an RV hook-up.

 

COVID-19:  The show will comply with any applicable COVID recommendations at the time of the show. 

Schedule

Show Board of Directors

Margery Morack, Greenbriar Farm, President and Sponsor Coordinator 

Marcus Skildum, Mesa Trail Alpacas, Vice President & Show Manager 

Jan Clingman, Lodi Alpacas at Whistling Valley Farm, Treasurer 

Mark Shillcox, Shillcox Shamrock Lines, Secretary & Seminar Coordinator 

Lynne Johnson, Sauk Creek Alpacas, Webmaster/Publicity

GLAA Board of Directors
Kevin Stoer, Londondairy Alpacas, President 
Elden Harms, Token Creek Alpacas, Vice President

Chris Rogers, Whisper Meadows Alpacas, Secretary
Jan Clingman, Lodi Alpacas at Whistling Valley Farm, Treasurer

Margery Morack, Greenbriar Farm, Member at Large
 

Show Volunteers
Jerry & Wendy Campbell, Justorian Alpacas, Barn Managers

Kathy Nauta, Five Oaks Farm, Registrar

Becky McMillan, Magic Willows Alpacas, Vendor Coordinator

Steven and Sandy Clemons, Double S Alpaca, Volunteer Coordinators

Elden Harms, Token Creek Alpacas, Chair, Ad Hoc Committee

Mindy Huitt, Galpaca Farm, Silent Auction Coordinator

Dr. Raul Landeo, Hillsboro Alpaca Ranch, Veterinarian

ABOUT
WisAFF & GLAA

The Great Midwest Alpaca Festival (doing business as the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest) is a nonprofit association registered in the state of Wisconsin.

I agree to hold harmless the Alliant Energy Center, Dane County, and the Great Midwest Alpaca Festival Board of Directors and committee members as well as the Great Lakes Alpaca Association Board of Directors from any damage or loss, or liability of any kind whatsoever.

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Directions

The Alliant Energy Center is located at the gateway to downtown Madison, WI, just off the Beltline (Hwy 12 & 18), on John Nolan Drive. It is just five minutes from Interstate 90/94 via Hwy 12 & 18, minutes from the Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison’s State Street area,  the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and 15 minutes from the Dane County Airport.

The Alliant Energy Center is situated near three major metro areas – 250 miles from Minneapolis, MN, 145 miles from Chicago, IL, and 75 miles from Milwaukee, WI.

 

From Chicago (South)
I-90 to exit 142A, west on Hwy. 12/18, 5 miles to Rimrock Rd. exit 262

 

From Green Bay (North)
I-90 to exit 142A, west on Hwy. 12/18, 5 miles to Rimrock Rd. exit 262

 

From Milwaukee (East)
I-94 West, I-90 South to exit 142A, west on Hwy. 12/18 to Rimrock Rd. exit 262

 

From Minneapolis (West)
I-90 South to exit 142A, west on Hwy. 12/18 to Rimrock Rd. exit 262

 

From Des Moines (South)
I-80 East to I-380 North, north on Hwy. 151 to Hwy. 12/18E, exit at Rimrock Rd. exit 262

 

Entrances

There are four entrances to the Center: the Main Gate from Rimrock Road on the Southeast; the Nolan Gate from John Nolen Drive on the East; the Olin Gate from Olin Avenue on the North; and the Rusk Gate from Rusk Avenue on the South.

 

All show activities will be located in the New Holland Pavilion 1, a new addition to the Alliant Energy Center Campus. To reach the New Holland Pavilion 1, use either the John Nolan or Main Entrance.

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