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First Annual International Gathering

of Friends and Champions


June 17-19, 2011


Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA


 The only requirement for participation at The Gathering in 2011
is that you are an ILR-SD member – no animal qualifying for 2011.

The Gathering information regarding:


Many rooms have been reserved at our host hotel, Econo Lodge, and it has been said all of the rooms in our block are reserved but not necessarily so -- if cancellations occur with other groups, our group will be given more rooms to rent so keep checking. Here's the info for both hotels where we have blocks reserved.


The Gathering 2011 HOTEL information

Hotels with special rates for the ILR-SD membership:

Host hotel:

Econo Lodge – ask for the "LLAMA" group rates
410 E. 30th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Rates:  Two beds - $80
            King - $85
            King suite - $90

·         continental breakfast

·         across the street from Iowa State Fairgrounds

·         guest use copy and fax machines

·         free hi speed Internet

·         indoor pool and whirlpool/hot tub

·         pet friendly (30# or less)

    The Iowa volunteers visited the hotel and rated it 4 llamas!

Additional hotel rooms blocked:

Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus
1050 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50314

Rate: $79.95 . . . Ask for "LLAMA" group rates.

·         10 minutes from Iowa State Fairgrounds

·         free on-site laundry

·         restaurant and lounge

·         indoor pool

The Gathering 2011 CAMPING information

Camping is available at the Fairgrounds. It is a few blocks to walk to the stalling/show arena. Most folks will drive from the campground to the show if they have a vehicle that can be separated from their camper.


Camping is offered through the Fairgrounds, not The Gathering. No need to reserve a space ahead of time. There normally is someone on duty, however if you arrive and no one is present, pick out your spot and they will catch up with you.


Bathrooms including showers are available at the campground.



Full hook up – water, electric & sewer           $23/night

Water & electric                                            $20/night

No hook ups                                                 $18/night


The Gathering 2011 SPONSORSHIP information

We are accepting and encouraging sponsorships for The International Gathering of Friends and Champions! We have a cruise theme for the 2011 Gathering, and our sponsorships reflect that concept – remember, one of the goals of the ILR-SD is to make showing llamas fun! The following levels of sponsorship are available:


$5,000.00             Captain’s Level

$2,500.00             First Mate Level

$2000.00              Cruise Director’s Level

$1500.00              Aloha Level

$1,000.00             Lido Deck Level

$500.00                Promenade Level

$250.00                Vacation Level

Less than $250    Friends of the Sea


We are also accepting sponsorship of the Division Grand and Reserve Awards. You can sponsor a Division Grand Champion Award for $150 and a Division Reserve Champion Award for $100.


Sponsors will receive yearlong advertising on the ILR website, a link to their website and farm information on the website, special recognition in the show packet, reduced advertising rates in the show catalog, as well as special stalling and on-site recognition.

Please click here to connect to the Sponsorship form. The sooner you send in your sponsor money, the more advertising opportunity you get! We would like to receive the sponsorships by May 1, 2011.

The Gathering 2011 DEDICATION information

We announced in September that it is traditional in many livestock associations and national agriculture events to dedicate the national show to someone who has made a major impact on the industry. The ILR Board would like to adopt this tradition for our Show Division International Gathering of Friends and Champions. The recipient of this dedication will be someone who has had an impact on the industry; someone who has helped promote llamas in a positive manner, someone who supports the industry as a whole, not just their area of interest, and someone who has committed themselves to improving the industry for llamas and for llama owners. The 2011 show is dedicated to Kay Patterson. We welcome suggestions from the membership for the 2012 dedication. Please send your suggestions to

Thank you in advance for your sponsorship and support of the ILR Show Division International Gathering of Friends and Champions. We look forward to enjoying llamas with everyone in at The Gathering in June.  ~ PO Box 8, Kalispell, MT 59903 ~ (406) 755-3438

ALONE we struggle; TOGETHER we thrive!