Llamas compete at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair

Llamas were judged in the coliseum. It's based on their showmanship, ability to simulate their pack work in the field, as well as public relations.

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 3:38 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Day six of the Tippecanoe County Fair was filled with llama drama.

Llamas were judged today in the coliseum. It's based on their showmanship, ability to simulate their pack work in the field, as well as public relations.

Vickie Maris owns Dawn of Promise Farm, providing llamas to 4-H kids to compete with. She said llamas are highly trainable. She has been working with 4-H students for ten years and has loved every step of the way.

Lindsey Guinn and her llama, Lily, are a part of Vickie’s group. She and Lily were awarded second place in showmanship on Sunday. She said she loves working with animals because of how patient they are with their trainers and strangers.

“They're very therapeutic animals.” Guinn said. “Nursing homes are actually one of the examples of that I've actually taken my llama to. They can also go to vacation bible schools. So just interacting with kids and interacting with different people, walking with noisy things around them, it’s good for them.”

Those interested in contacting Dawn of Promise farm to work with a llama during 4-H season can find more here. 

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