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Alpaca Show Comes to Amarillo Fairgrounds

For those at the High Plains Alpaca Show, their furry friends are about much more than raising livestock. "It's a lifestyle that everybody just loves," Cheryl Louie, the show director said.

For those at the High Plains Alpaca Show, their furry friends are about much more than raising livestock. 

"It's a lifestyle that everybody just loves," Cheryl Louie, the show director said.

The show will bring 40 alpaca owners fromall over the county to Amarillo, and it's all about the quality of their fluffy fleece. 

"There's 200,000 alpacas in the U.S. It's becoming primarily a fiber industry. We raise the animals for their fleece. That's what we're judged on," Stacie Chavez, one of the Alpaca owners said. 

Director Cheryl Louie says, this small show has taken a hit in recent years.

"It's been stagnant the last two. Because of the economy," Louie said. 

But she addes, this annual gathering gives all of the participants a little hope. 

"The people that are drawn to this show are just this great bunch of vivacious characters," Chavez said. 

This unique group and their alpacas are just happy to be back on the high plains.

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