Shail Digman, 4, cuddles up to Lilly at the show.
Shail Digman, 4, cuddles up to Lilly at the show. Renee Pilcher

Junior handlers steal the show

A RECORD number of junior handlers will turn out today to show alpacas.

But it’s not just a Gympie Show record, says alpaca chief steward Robyn Harrison.

“It’s a record for Queensland,” she said yesterday.

A total of 31 children have registered, taking on the challenge to be the region’s best junior handler.

“It’s going to be exhausting but heaps of fun,” Ms Harrison said.

She is excited that so many juniors have decided to get involved with alpacas.

“It shows there’s an interest in the future of the industry.”

There were so many children willing to take part that an extra age category had to be created, Ms Harrison said.

Instead of age six to under 11 and age 11 to 15, the categories have changed to age six to nine, age 10 to 11 and age 11 to 15.

Ms Harrison said all the exhibitors in the show this year were locals.

“We think we have the best alpaca show in the world.”

She said the kids loved the alpaca display.

“They have such universal appeal. But they don’t like a lot of attention.”