Southeastern Alpaca Association

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Fleece Show & Hancrafter's Spin-Off


REGISTRATION For Southern Select Spin-Off is closed

Spin-Off Registration  - Due to our late start, we have extended the spin-off Deadline to Jan 28.

  • Enter 3 Spin-off, get 4th Entry FREE!
  • NEW Deadline to enter January 28, 2017 ($20 entry + $6 AOA fee)
  • All entries must be received by Feb, 4, 2017
  • All forms and tags are available through the online registration.

2017 Spin-Off Judge

Judy Keske

Andrea Candlish-Nissen (For entries over 35 and Suri)

Spin-Off Guidelines

Entry Deadline for regular registration: January 7, 2017
Class Divisions: Classes are to be divided according to the number of entries that determine

Entry fees:  $26 per entry (reg) - $31 (late).  $9 return shipping per 5/fleeces.
Fleece Show Levels and Class division rules as follows:

1) First by Breed Type.
2) Second by the age of alpaca at time of shearing.
3) Third by color group.
4)Fourth by color designation.

The Spin-Off coordinator will make the final determination of class divisions and entry colors. Entry Limitation: Entries are limited to three samples per farm/owner/partnership, per breed type, per age division at time of shearing, per color designation. Age Divisions: Division are based on age at time of shearing:

A = 6 months - 12 months (juvenile)
B = First birthday - 24 months (yearling)
C = Second birthday - 36 months
D = Third birthday through 60 months (adult) (optional)
E = Fifth birthday and older (mature) (optional)

 Entry Requirements:

1. Entry Form
2. Minimum 2 ounces of prime blanket fiber (see note on Submitted Fiber below)
3. Completed Spin-Off Entry Tag
4. Copy of ARI Registration and Owner of Record for Show Entry Form (if applicable)
5. A color photo no larger than 4” x 6” of alpaca producing the fiber entered. Larger photos will not be accepted.

Entries must be entered by current owner, farm or member of partnership as shown on ARI Registration Certificate or Owner of Record for Show Entry Form (if applicable) and must accompany exhibitor’s entry signed by current owner of record of the alpaca as shown on the ARI Registration Certificate. Please do not fold ARI Registration Certificate or photo because these will be displayed with the judged fleece sample. 

~Fiber Shearing Dates: Entries shall not be shown beyond 380 days of shearing date.
~Submitted Fiber: 2 ounces of prime blanket fiber must be submitted in a clear, unmarked, plain, gallon size zipper type plastic bag with the completed Handcrafters’ Spin-Off entry tag placed inside the bag with the fiber. Please DO NOT write on the zip-loc bag. Fiber shall not be carded, combed, washed or otherwise enhanced; however, it should be handpicked to remove debris and vegetable matter. Fiber with vegetable matter, contamination, or second cuts may be marked down accordingly. Anonymity: Fiber will be judged by entry number only, with no exhibitor information visible or available to the judge(s).
~Staple Length: Fiber must be at least 3” long. Fiber samples of less than the 3” minimum or longer than the show rules allow shall be disqualified. The reason for disqualification shall be recorded on the score card and the Judge’s Worksheet.
~Judging Criteria: Judges will card and spin an equal portion of the fiber from each sample entered. Scoring will be based on first impression, staple length, cleanliness, lack of second cuts, lack of guard hair or medullated fiber, lock structure in suris, and crimp, staple or architecture in huacayas, uniformity, fineness, handle, luster (suris) or brightness (huacayas), ease of spinning, ease of preparation and hand feel and softness of resulting yarn, plus loft in huacayas.
~Disqualification: Fiber that is unsound, felted, contains tender breaks, mats, or excessive debris will be discounted appropriately but will NOT be disqualified. However, fiber samples exhibiting parasitic infestation or fiber not meeting the 3” minimum or exceeding the maximum staple lengths will be disqualified. The reason for disqualification shall be recorded on the score card and the Judge’s worksheet. Points will be deducted for failure to submit at least 2 ounces of fiber for proper and adequate sampling and judging. Entries less than 2 oz will have 1 point deducted for each 1/10 oz under 2 oz. If entry is of too small a quantity fo the judge to adequately evaluate all judging criteria, entry may be disqualified at the Judge’s discretion.
~Entries exceeding 4 oz will have 1 point deducted for each 1/10 oz over 4 oz submitted.

~Entry Returns: You must include $9 for every 5 entries you wish to have returned to you. Entries and awards will be shipped back to you following the SOUTHERN SELECT. You or your representative that you have designated on the entry tag may also pick up the spin off entries after 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017.


Questions: Please address any questions to Jackie Debell, Southern Select Spinoff Administrator, (706) 897-1154 



Jackie Debell
Bellaluna Farm

102 Tate Mill Ridge
Blairsville, Ga. 30512