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GCG Event Information & Schedule

Gold Country Gathering 2019


AOA Certified Level II Halter Show, and Level III Fleece Show and Walking Fleece Show!!

October 11-13, 2019 Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA

You can check in as early as 2:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 10.


Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended:  September 21, 2019
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2019
Substitutions/Additions: Sept 30 - Oct 7, 2019
No Changes after October 4, 2019 (All Changes $15 Per Change With Approval by Freda McGill)

Event Schedule (Some timing is subject to change depending on the number of registrations we receive)

Halter Judge:  Amanda VandenBosch

Walking Fleece Judges:  Wini Labrecque and Ken Hibbits

Fleece Judge:  Wini Labrecque

Halter Show Superintendent:  Freda McGill

Walking Fleece Superintendent:  Judy Schroeder

Judging to be:  60% Fleece, 40% Conformation



Thursday, October 10:

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Alpaca Check-in

Drop off Fleeces for Fleece Show

6:00 PM

Vet Check closes for the day

Friday, October 11:


8:30 AM


Fleece Show Judging begins at the fairgrounds

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Alpaca Check-in

5:00 PM

Vet Check Closes

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Open Hospitality at the Barn


Saturday, October 12:

8:00 AM

Mandatory Exhibitor meeting Huacaya & Suri

8:30 AM

Fleece Show display open

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Halter Show begins

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Walking Fleece Competition begins (starting with Fawn) Continues with Grays on Sunday

5:30 PM to ?

Wine/Beer Tasting and Potluck Event

           7:00 PM

Herdsire Auction Closes

Sunday, October 13:

          8:00 AM

Gray Alpacas Walking Fleece Judging

9:00 AM

Production Classes Begin


Halter show continues following the Production Classes

12:00 PM

Ribbons for the Walking Fleece Show

Fleece Show entries can be picked up


Silent Auction Closes

Approx. 3:00 PM

Show Closes


Health Requirements

All alpacas attending the show regardless of state of origin:

All alpacas entering the show grounds must show proof of a negative PCR test (virus not found) for BVD. Test results must be on the certificate of veterinary inspection.  All alpacas must be microchipped and microchip# listed on the certificate of veterinary inspection.  Alpacas shall not be allowed into the show area until the test results and the microchip# have been validated. 

For EVERY alpaca that enters the fairgrounds, regardless if it is in the show or not, an ORIGINAL AND COPY of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection completed within 30 days of the last day of the show (September 11, 2019) and must be presented at check-in. The copy will be kept by the Halter Superintendent!!  The alpaca ARI name & microchip number for EVERY alpaca entering the show grounds MUST be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.  Alpacas transported from out of state must adhere to the California State livestock transportation laws, please contact your veterinarian for details.  We recommend that all alpacas be treated with appropriate de-worming medication within 21 days of the show event.  Due to health and safety considerations, all on-site alpacas in the show barn must meet the minimum age requirements of 6 months. 

Microchip Identification

  • It is the responsibility of the owner of every alpaca entering the venue of an AOA certified show to corroborate the identity of each alpaca.  The identification of each alpaca is by microchip.  PLEASE verify your alpaca’s microchip AT THE TIME you have your Certificate of Veterinary Inspection completed.  If you have an unusual microchip, please bring your own reader to read/show the microchip at the show.



Pen assignments will be made in order of registration receipt and in accordance with overall space requirements. Pens are 6 x 12. Sponsors have first stalling preference. Stall flooring will be the barn floor, which is packed dirt. Show management recommends you bring mats. Stalls must be cleaned out before you leave.  If you do not clean your pen(s) before departing, you will be charged $25/pen for us to clean it (with the exception of Benefactor, Airline and Grand Sponsors). Display spaces are only available for Sponsors. Please plan on staying until the end of the show to support all participants!




Free parking for Exhibitors will be through the Brighton Street Gate. When you check in we will direct you.

Public can park for free using Gate 1 and Gate 5 (Gate 5 is accessed via Gate 4 off McCourtney Rd).

Open Hospitality at the Barn!

Here is an opportunity to walk around and meet your fellow exhibitors and the vendors. There will be several ranches and vendors offering ‘hospitality’ thru out the alpaca show grounds. The show hospitality table will be open with coffee, water, and juice Saturday and Sunday. And STILL plenty of time for you to head off and enjoy a lovely dinner dining out!

Wine Tasting and Pot Luck!

Join the festivities on Saturday night! Come enjoy a fun Potluck with lots of wine and beer, soda and water and the opportunity to spend LOTS of time to visit with your fellow Alpaca Breeders at the show! We will enjoy our evening on the show site and if you've been here before you know how beautiful that is! This is a great location for fellowship and conversations and of COURSE very competitive bidding on the Show Benefit Herdsire Auction!

 Herdsire Show Benefit Auction

The Gold Country Gathering will host an online Herdsire Auction!! A number of top quality HOT herdsires will be available for you to bid on for a breeding service. If you would like to nominate your top quality herdsire to the Herdsire Auction, please contact the Herdsire Auction manager: Sandy Wallace ( for details on the selection process or for any other questions you may have.

ALSO, please consider donating an item to the Silent Auction this year! It need not be Alpaca related, but something that others would like to bid on! Jewelry, Art, Travel, Clothing, Farm Items, items that you have found indispensable in your alpaca business! We would really like to see all Calpaca members attending donate something. Contact: Laurie Findlay, (


This year we have reduced the vendor booth fee to $75 and are including your logo on the show website, just email your logo to  

We will have a dedicated vendor area for all vendors, we will provide signage to make sure everyone knows where to go to shop and we will make announcements throughout the show encouraging everyone to go shop!  If you have been a vendor at the Gold Country Gathering in the past and have a suggestion on how we can improve your Vendor experience, please email Tracy at

Calpaca will provide you with 1 (one) 8 foot table and 1 (one) chair.  We will do our best to provide you with a second chair if you need it.  All pens/vendor spaces have access to electrical, but extension cords must be provided by vendors. All vendors MUST provide a CA Resale License Permit number (list this permit number on the Vendor Registration form).

Advertising in the Show Program

Promote your alpaca business by placing an ad in the Show Program! Ad sizes available: 1⁄4 page, 1⁄2 pages, and full page color ads. We will have extra show programs to hand out to the public! 1⁄4 page = $50, 1⁄2 page = $75, full page = $150. Deadlines for show program advertising (includes payment and artwork) is received by September 30, 2019. To submit artwork: E-mail file directly to Dianna Jordan at Accepted file format includes TIF, GIF, JPEG, and PDF files.

Refund & Substitution Policy

Pen Space: A full refund for pen space will be issued, minus a $25.00 handling fee, if notification is received prior to September 30, 2018. No refunds issued after September 30, 2018 except on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances as determined by Event Manager.

PLEASE NOTE:  We appreciate your participation in helping to keep our costs low by cleaning your pens before you leave the show ~ with that in mind, there will be a $25/pen charge if your pen(s) are not cleaned upon your departure (with the exception of Benefactor, Airline and Grand Sponsors)

Halter Show: A full refund for Halter Show entries will be issued, minus a $25.00 handling fee, if notification is received prior to September 30, 2019. No refunds issued after September 30, 2019 except on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances as determined by Event Manager.

Walking Fleece Competition: A full refund for Walking Fleece entries will be issued, minus a $25.00 handling fee, if notification is received prior to September 30, 2019. No refunds issued after September 30, 2019 except on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances as determined by Event Manager.

Substitution/Addition Policy: There is a $15.00 charge for Halter Show substitutions/additions between the dates of September 30, 2019 and October 7, 2019. No substitutions after October 7, 2019 except on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances as determined by the Halter Show Superintendent. Fees are to be paid either prior to or during check-in at the show. Please make payment for substitution fees via check. No cash accepted. No substitutions allowed after October 7, 2019.

Show Sponsorships

If you think the Gold Country Gathering is a great show (and you know you do!) and you would like to demonstrate your support PLEASE become a show sponsor.  We have some great thank-yous planned for our sponsors: Display space, banners ringside, and LOTS of recognition. Please see the Sponsor Level Flyer available on the website, If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, complete a Gold Country Gathering Sponsor Form. Contact Tracy DiPippo at for more information on Show Sponsorships.