Llamas Make National Television Broadcast from
National FFA Convention!!
Llamas were once again
a crowd pleaser at the 2010 National FFA
Convention held in Indianapolis, IN on October
19-23, 2010. Over 50,000 FFA members from all 50
states plus Puerto Rico and Guam attended the
and alpaca organizations shared a 20’ x 100’
exhibit area – the major sponsors were the ILR,
ICI, AOBA, ARI and Camelid Community, as well as
the “Llama Cooperative,” a group of state and
national llama organizations that all
contributed money to sponsor the display.
Members of many of these organizations
volunteered to man the display area and interact
with the FFA crowd. A large banner saying
“Camelid Community” hung from the ceiling giving
the swarms of blue jackets a locator for the
live animal display.
There was one pen of
alpacas and one pen of llamas on one of the main
aisles that lead through the exhibit hall,
positioned between the food court and the
shopping area. They say the key to success in
business is location, location, location and we
certainly were located on prime real estate!
There was a steady flow of interested FFA
members, FFA Advisors and parents who stopped
for photo ops with the animals, enjoyed the
softness of the fleece on the animals as well as
trying their hand at one of the many craft
projects that were available. Advisor packets
were distributed that contained brochures on
proper care of camelids, fleece projects and
industry contact information - 500 packets were
The ILR had a table
display to promote the many uses of llamas in
general and to make FFA members aware of the
opportunities available to them through the Pot
of Gold Gelding Futurity for Youth, the ILR
Universal Awards Program and the ILR Show
GAC Network (Great
American Country), a country music video network
came on Thursday and filmed the llama area and
interviewed the owner of the llamas! Erin Fruits
of Swaying Sycamore Farms was enthusiastic as
she shared the many uses of llamas emphasizing
the opportunities for FFA students with llamas
for SAE project (Supervised Agricultural
Experience). The LFA sponsored a
grant/scholarship for an SAE and this will also
be promoted in the broadcast.
The GAC Llama Broadcast will air on December 2nd
be sure to tune in and share in this great
promotion of Llamas and America’s FFA Youth!!
Llama owner Kristine
Gilbertson of the Marshfield FFA Chapter in
Wisconsin sang and played guitar daily at the
convention as a part of the National FFA Talent
Program. She has a beautiful voice and is a
talented guitar player and sang songs by the
Dixie Chicks and Lynard Skynard.
Thank you to Barb Baker
for coordinating the llama exhibit space at the
National FFA convention and to Matt & Erin
Fruits and Mike Hoopengardner for providing the
llamas for the three day event. For more
information on the 2010 National FFA Convention,
More photos from the event are on the ILR’s
FaceBook page – enjoy.
Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT for YOUR Registry and
ALONE we struggle; TOGETHER we thrive!