Medina FFA students compete at Empire Alpaca Association ‘Showtacular’

Posted 6 December 2019 at 2:29 pm

Provided photo: Dominick Whiting and Evie Schultz hold their team’s prized shawls.

Press Release, Medina Central School

MEDINA – A group of 12 Medina FFA students attended the Empire Alpaca Association Showtacular at the New York State Fairgrounds from Nov. 7-10.

The event is hosted by the Empire Alpaca Association and the New England Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.

“It is the first time we have participated as part of an education piece,” said Todd Eick, Medina’s FFA advisor. “We had the students set up a display. Every day the kids were engaged in learning and were able to talk to breeders, professional artists and retailers who were vending. They got a good perspective on the fiber industry.”

The students got a lot of encouragement from the people passing by.

Two teams also took part in the Fleece to Finished Product competition. They used yarn that was at least 80 percent alpaca and used a triangle loom that was 5 feet. Third and fourth place ribbons were awarded to the teams for the shawls they wove.

“The third place team lost to a woman who does this for a living and lost by a point and a half,” Eick said. “For them to be rookies and perform as well as they did, I was very impressed by them. They did a really good job. It was a good experience for them and hopefully that will translate into different things the kids can be making, marketing and selling.”

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