- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

REDMOND, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon was flooded with alpacas this weekend as breeders from around the Pacific Northwest came to Redmond to fight for the title of best breeder.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/wR2AGw ) that nearly 250 alpacas competed at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center at the 2016 Alpaca Breeders Invitational.

The show divided the beasts into categories based on sex, color, age and type of alpaca. There are two types of alpacas, one fluffy and the other with a more dreadlock-like coat, which competed separately.

Competition organizer Lorrie Williamson says Central Oregon has become a hub for alpaca breeders due to its arid climate. This is the third time Williamson and her husband have hosted the Alpaca Breeders Invitational.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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