The Golden Plains Llama Association was established as a group to promote llamas and alpacas, provide education about these wonderful animals and provide for a fun and fulfilling experience for llama and alpaca owners. Our members are involved in many llama/alpaca events. GPLA has two main events annually. We sponsor the llama show at the Kansas State Fair on the Monday following Labor Day. in September. We have an Annual Conference open to all members and the public. We have many members who participate in llama/alpaca events throughout the state. See our photo gallery.
The Fiber Fair and GPLA conference was held in Phillipsburg, KS on February 8th and 9th hosted by The Shepherd's Mill, Sally Brandon. The fair included workshops, take and make stations, vendors, a silent auction to benefit the GPLA Youth Scholarships and a presentation on art with special needs persons at the GPLA sponsored dinner. Workshops on natural dyeing, spinning, crocheting, and meditative weaving were held over the two days. Make and take projects included needle felting, wet felting, weaving without a loom, and locker hook pictures. Good times with other fiber enthusiasts!! In conjunction with the fair, the Heartland Youth Show was re-established. 11 youth from Kansas and Nebraska attended a youth clinic on Saturday then used their new or renewed skills to compete on Sunday.
GPLA members Betty Hollman, Christian, Malachai and Christina Abel and Elliot, Ethan and Patti Morgan attended the 2019 Millfest for kids on May 3 in Lindsborg, KS. Over 150 elementary students form area schools visited our site and learned about llamas which included making bookmarks with a lock of llama fiber and petting the patient llamas there. It is a great educational event that is held annually in conjunction with the Millfest that same weekend
Monday, September 14, 2020
The Kansas State Llama Show will be held in Hutchinson the Monday after Labor Day. It is an ALSA Sanctioned Llama Show including halter, showmanship and performance classes. Entry information is avaialbale through the Kansas State Fair website later this summer. Please contact Superintendent Glenna Overmiller for more information. 785-346-4365 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click forms below for information on the 2020 scholarships available.