THE Bendigo Colourbration Alpaca Show has been hailed a success by organisers with more than 600 animals taking part.
Event convener Dean Ford said he was overwhelmed by the size of the field.
“We have unprecedented numbers this year,” he said.
“Top-quality studs from all over the country have travelled to come here – people from South Australia and New South Wales, which is great.”
People of all ages enjoyed the festival at Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds.
Mr Ford said yesterday’s parade of champions was a highlight.
“Alpacas are intriguing, intelligent animals and Colourbration is a chance to celebrate and get up close to these amazing creatures,” he said.
“As alpaca shows go, it is almost at the level of the national show which is our premier show of the season.”
Mr Ford said the rise in the number of entrants this year was due to organisers taking a different approach to running the event.
“We had a new team of convenors on board this year and we tried to do a few things differently,” he said.
“We have some more entertainment, casual drinks and a dinner, which I think people enjoyed. It is a little less formal.”
Mr Ford said plans were already in place for Bendigo to host the national alpaca show in 2013.
“Next year we will be in the new facilities at the showgrounds,” he said.
“It is going to be a great festival and great for Bendigo, a town we know can accommodate large amounts of people.
He said next year’s show “will be bigger and better”.