FLEECE and colour were on show at the weekend as alpaca admirers arrived in Bendigo for the Australian Alpaca Association National Show and Auction.
An alpaca competition was one of the many highlights of the show with 672 animals being judged over Saturday and Sunday.
Animals were divided up by age and colour and judged on fleece, consistency of colour and softness as well as body shape and size.
"There are two types of fleece, the Huacaya, which is a knitting fleece like sheep have, and the Suri which hangs down, is longer and more silky," show convenor Steve Pate said.
"It's been great to see so many people here.
"Bendigo hasn't hosted this show since 2005 and it really is ideal because it's regional and doesn't have the city feel.
"It is also central to people coming from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia."
Mr Pate said bundles of fleece were also judged over the four-day show.
The fleece is tested for microns and consistency early in the week.
The show also features parading competitions where 12 to 25-year-old handlers are tested on their knowledge, showing abilities and stockmanship.
The show ended with an auction where a small selection of alpacas were sold for between $10,000 and $100,000.