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Alluring alpacas at local event

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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The turnout of the 11th annual show impressed organizers and also offered locals a chance to see the creatures, known for their soft fur, up close and personal.
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Call it beginner's luck if you'd like, Patty Hasselbring doesn't mind.

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Patty and Britt Hasselbring of Hasselbring Harmony Farm in Missouri celebrate the winning performances of their champion alpacas Saturday morning.
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Her first trip to Calsonic Arena from Concordia, Mo., landed Patty and her husband Britt with plenty of bragging rights to go along with their growing collection of top ribbons.

"We've been showing them for a couple of years," she said.

Attractive animal

Why alpacas?

"Well, we love animals, and we found alpacas were interesting and peaceful animals," she said. "And of course their fibers are just unbelievable."

Britt added, "She's very personable, too. They each have their own personalities."

The 11th annual Southern Select Alpaca Show came to Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds last weekend, and the family friendly show offered locals a fun -- and free -- activity to try out during their spare time.

For those ready to shop, the concourse was filled with various vendors selling products made from alpaca fleece. According to the Southeastern Alpaca Association, the product is "warmer than wool, and yet as soft as cashmere."

Winning entry

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Judges inspect an entry.
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On Saturday morning, Patty accepted a winning ribbon in a halter class alongside 7-month old alpaca Icon Siver Sancho of Harmony, a.k.a. "Sancho."

Sancho proved to have just the right moves for the judge, even though he appeared to be a little camera shy upon exiting the arena.

"He's just like his father," laughed Patty. "He likes to put his ears back."Patty and Britt Hasselbring of Hasselbring Harmony Farm in Missouri celebrate the winning performances of their champion alpacas Saturday morning.

The turnout of the 11th annual show impressed organizers and also offered locals a chance to see the creatures, known for their soft fur, up close and personal.