2018 All-Suri Fleece Show

August 1-2, 2018

Awards Presented on August 3rd, at Symposium 

Loveland, Colorado


The Suri Network's All-Suri Fleece Show is the largest Suri fleece show in North America, and perhaps the world!


A ribbon from the Suri Network's Fleece Show is one of the highest forms of recognition for Suri alpaca breeders. From the judges to the competition, the All-Suri Fleece Show always provides the best! And new this year - the Suri Network Breeders Cups, awarded in three categories.  For more information on how the cups will be awarded, click here.





We invite you to participate in the Suri Network's 2018 All-Suri Fleece Show. The show will be held in conjunction with the annual Suri Symposium, August 3-4, 2018, at the beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, Colorado.   


Note:  Fleece Show judging for Regular Fleece, Cottage Fleece and Fiber Arts & Skeins will take place beginning on August 1, 2018, so all fleeces will need to be mailed in, but will be available for pick-up after the show.  If you choose to hand deliver your fleece, it must be dropped off by 5 pm on July 31.


The All-Suri Fleece Show is open to any Suri owner, not just members of the Suri Network! You do not need to be a member of the Suri Network in order to participate in the Fleece Show or to attend the Suri Symposium! There's something for everyone at the Symposium, including huacaya owners!


Fleece Show Fees

  • Regular Fleece show entries per fleece: $42
  • Cottage Fleece show entries per fleece: $20
  • Spin-Off Entries per entry: $30
  • Fiber Arts Entries per entry: $20
  • Production Classes: $32
  • Non-AOA member fee per farm: $80
  • Mail-In Fleece return shipping fee: $15.00 for the first fleece, and $6.00 for each additional fleece.
  • Any entries being dropped off must be received by July 31, 2018. 
  • Cancellation Policy: The online fleece show registration will be open through midnight July 18, 2018. Any changes after that will incur a $10 fee for each change made. No refunds after July 18, 2018.

Deadlines and Registration Information

   Spin-off registrations
    (Note that you must enter the Spin-Off competition in order to enter Cottage Fleece.  This year, you may enter your 2017 fleeces in the 2018 Spin-off and Cottage Fleece show!)

SPIN-OFF REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 12, 2018
You may enter fleeces in the Cottage Fleece competition as long as a spin-off sample was entered
Spin-off registration closes June 12, 2018


     Spin-off entries must be received by:
June 15, 2018


Mail spin-off entries only (no fleeces!) to:
Suri Network All-Suri Fleece Show
224 Shade Hollow Rd
Blue Ridge, VA 24064
Phone: (540) 797-1985
Email: show.super.schroeder@gmail.com


   Fleece, Cottage Fleece, Fiber Arts and Skeins 

Fleece show registration closes July 18, 2018



     
Mailed in fleece 
must be received by: July 23, 2018

     Mailed in fiber arts and skeins must be received by: July 23, 2018
Fleece show judging begins
August 1 - hand delivered fleeces, fiber arts and skeins must be received by: July 31, 2018



Fleeces mailed via the US Postal Service must be sent to the following address and received no later than July 23, 2018:


Suri Network

PO Box 1984

Estes Park, CO   80517


To be sure your fleeces arrive in time, consider sending via UPS or FedEx to:


Suri Network
790 Castle Mountain Rd

Estes Park, CO  80517

SAVE MONEY!  If you are entering fleece in the AOA National Fleece Show, your fleece can be transported from there directly to the Suri Network All-Suri Fleece Show. Simply check the appropriate box when you are registering.


Any questions, please contact Fleece Show Superintendent Judy Schroeder, by e-mail at show.super.schroeder@gmail.com or by phone at 540-797-1985.


The online registration system is available for all fleece entries, fiber arts and skeins, and spin-off entries. If you do not have an online registration account, you may contact Judy Schroeder, Show Superintendent and she will happily guide you through the process.


Or, you may complete the paper entry form for Fiber Arts and Skeins and submit it to the address above.

Forms and More Info

Forms


Mandatory Disclosure Form - All Fleece Competitions


Fiber Arts and Skeins Onsite Entry Form - You may use this form to register if you choose to bring your item(s) to the Symposium and Fleece Show OR you may register your items online.  Hand delivered items must be received by 5 PM, July 31.

Color Classes and Awards

Fleece Show Awards
  • 1st to 6th place ribbons awarded for each color group
  • Color and Reserve Color Champion will be awarded in classes with 8 or more entries

Special Fleece Show Awards

  • Best Hand
  • Best Prepared
  • Judges Choice
  • Best Lock
  • Best Luster
  • Spirit of the Fiber Industry
  • Bred and Owned in each color group *

*In an effort to highlight excellence in production from on-going breeding programs, the Suri Network will offer Highest Scoring Bred & Owned award in each color group. The Fleece Show Superintendent, via the ARI Certificate, will verify eligibility. Giving preference to the entry from the oldest age division will break tie scores within a color group. If the top-scoring fleece in any color group fails to meet the current requirement of 60/57 points for a first place ribbon, no Bred & Owned award will be given.

Rules and More Info

Show Rules Summary

  • Online registration must be completed. Registration must include a copy of your signed AOA Mandatory Disclosure Form and a copy of the ARI Certificate for each fleece entered. Also, please include the appropriate fleece tag in each bag of fleece entered in the show.
  • Entry limit of three fleeces per age division, per color designation, per owner. Please be aware that if color groups are combined, you will not be allowed to have over the 3-fleece limit competing in any group.
  • Fleeces must be entered in the name of the alpaca and the current owner, as matched by the ARI Registration Certificate. Include the Owner of Record Form if applicable. 
  • Fleeces may not be shown that were shorn before Friday, July 18, 2017.  2017 fleeces may only be shown in the Spin-off and Cottage Fleece competitions.
  • Entries must be at least 6 months of age at the time of shearing (born on or before Wednesday, January 31, 2018).
  • Each fleece will consist of the skirted prime fiber only and must be displayed intact in a clear unmarked plastic bag provided by the exhibitor.
  • Minimum length of the entire prime fleece is 3" with no maximum under second birthday, with a maximum of 9" for second birthday and older.
  • Fleeces are divided by age (at the time of shearing) and color divisions.
  • Farms entering fleeces must be members of the AOA Show Division or pay the non-member fee of $80.00.
  • A Fleece Show Entry Tag must be completed for each fleece and presented at check-in with the fleece. The online registration system will automatically generate the fleece tags for you to print out.
  • If this is the first shearing, use  the birth date as prior shearing date.
  • No entries or substitutions will be accepted at the door. You may hand-deliver your entry by 5 PM on July 31, but you must register online by July 18, 2017.
  • Minimum fleece score to award a blue ribbon is 60. If none of the fleeces in a class achieve 60 points or above (57 or above for Grey fleeces), the Judge shall start placements with a red ribbon in that class.
  • Color groups will be determined by the current ARI Color Chart. Color groups and combining rules will follow AOA guidelines.
  • A Level III show with entries between 175 and 349 is anticipated.
  • Management reserves the right to place entries in appropriate color classes.

More info about fleece competitions


The 2018 AOA Show System Handbook details the requirements for each kind of competition in the AOA Show System. The entire book is downloadable as a PDF here


Specific sections apply to various fleece competitions, and you may wish to pay close attention to the following:


Getting the Fleece Ready for the Fleece Show

      Chapter 5 (p. 6)


Fleece Competitions....Chapter 22 (p. 62)

  •    Fleece Show Rules... p. 64
  •    Handrafter's Spin-Off... p. 67
  •    Cottage Fleece... p. 69

Auxiliary Fleece Competitions.... Chapter 24 (p. 75)

  •    Hand Spun Skein... p. 75
  •    Mill Spun Skein... p. 76
  •    Fiber Arts... p. 78

NEW BEGINNING IN 2017…FLEECES MAY BE NOODLED, BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES IN THE SHOW RULES BOOK. 

Please refer to Chapter 5, Helpful Tips: Getting your Fleece Ready for a Fleece Show. Please read the rules carefully and completely if you plan on sending a noodled fleece. 


The allowable bags for all fleece competitions are listed below:


COSTCO — .9 MIL POLY BAGS 
32 1/2 x 37 1/2 — 1.3 oz

U-LINE — 1 MIL POLY BAGS SKU S-10920 — 36 x 42 — 1.5 oz


You might also be interested in the article "What Can One Learn by Entering a Spin-Off?", by Donna Rudd, Certified Master Spinner.

  


  Suri Network
P.O. Box 1984
Estes Park, Colorado   80517
Phone: (970) 586-5876
Fax: (970) 591-0007

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