NORWICH – This week, the show rings at the Chenango County Fair grounds have seen all manner of cattle, goats, poultry and other livestock paraded for the judge’s approval. This weekend, however, another breed of animal will make its debut: alpacas.
According to Show Superintendent Brenda Thall, more than 90 animals from 29 farms will participate in the Southern Tier Alpaca Association’s inaugural HummDinger Alpaca Show. It is the first show if its kind to take place at the Chenango County Fair.
“We’re just trying to raise awareness of alpacas in the area,” said Thall, who owns and operates Red Barn Alpacas in Norwich with her husband Mark. Alpaca farms, both large and small, have become increasingly prevalent in the area, she said, explaining that recently she did a quick internet search and located 100 such farms within a 50-mile radius of Norwich.