IMPRESSED: Paula Leeson, secretary of the Queensland region of the Australia Alpaca Association, with a winning entry. Tanya Easterby
IMPRESSED: Paula Leeson, secretary of the Queensland region of the Australia Alpaca Association, with a winning entry. Tanya Easterby

Champion Huacaya fleece steals show

CHALLENGING weather conditions couldn't prevent a quality display of fleece in the Arts and Craft section of The Pavilion at yesterday's Gympie Show.

Paula Leeson, section volunteer and secretary of the Queensland region of the Australia Alpaca Association, eagerly showed show patrons around the display.

"There's a good variety on display and quite a number of different colours which is pleasing to see," Ms Leeson said.

The number of entries was down on previous years, which the volunteer attributed to the erratic weather conditions early this year.

"The floods at the start of the year have had an impact," Ms Leeson said.

"That said, taking into account these challenges, the standard is really impressive."

Sunhaze William Champion Suri Fleece and Champion Huacaya Fleece were two outstanding fleece entries rewarded for their quality and appearance.

The Champion Huacaya Fleece was a particular stand out.

"It has such wonderful density, is outstandingly bright and has plenty of crisp," Ms Leeson said.

The champion entry hailed from a Sunshine Coast breeder.

All entries in the fleece section were judged by Jillian Holmes, who flew to the Gympie Show especially from Victoria.

Volunteers were also on hand yesterday with wool spinning demonstrations, impressing the many who stopped by to witness the craft.

Gympie Times


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