Llama Show a crowd pleaser

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Kliemarie Hiniters of Blue Earth County brought her alpaca “Delta Queen” to the Brown County 4-H Llama Show Saturday night. The alpaca fit it well with the other Llama, though she was a bit nervous around the hula-hoop section of the obstacle course.

NEW ULM–The 4-H animal shows concluded Saturday evening with Llama show, which is a major crowd pleaser.

Due to the rarity of Llama’s in Brown County, the show is typically light on presenter. Last year Cassidy Hacker and McKenzie Cselovszki were the only two to present the animals. All of the llamas belong to Hacker’s family. They allow the other 4-H youths to borrow an animal for the events. The competitive events are limited to Showperson, Obstacles and Costumes.

This year there was an effort to include more 4-H presenters. Several of the Junior 4-H members agreed to run the obstacle course with a llama.

Olivia Hammer, 9, was awarded the Champion Award for Obstacle in the third to fifth grade division. She impressed the judge by running with her llama.

The 4-H club even decided to expand the nature of the Llama Show by including an Alpaca presented by Kliemarie Hiniters of Blue Earth County. Hiniters was excited but nervous to show her Alpaca “Delta Queen” because the animal was a little depressed after the lost of its pen mate a few weeks ago. Despite the lack of spirit, Delta Queen managed to climb through the hula-hoop during the obstacle course with minimal fuss, which was a miracle for the alpaca.

Hacker won the Senior Showperson Award with Cselovszki taking Reserve. Cselovszki did win the costume contest with Hacker in Reserve. Together they manage to dress a llama up strange costume.

This was Hacker’s last year in 4-H as she has aged out of the program. Last year she said her family would be willing to lease llamas to anyone willing to carry on the tradition.

Brian Hacker said the reason the youth were more involved in the llama show was to raise interest in the show for next year.