Our Current Alpaca Princess: Nicole Bauer
If you are interested in contacting the princess to be at special alpaca events:
C- 814-494-4909 (Nicole’s Mother Denise)
Our Current Alpaca Princess Reserve: Marissa Shoemaker
Accepting applications for the 2017-2018 PAOBA Alpaca Prince and Princess!
The Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (PAOBA) Princess represents both the Alpaca Breeders and the Alpaca Fashion industry through meetings, demonstrations, promotions, talks, radio and television interviews, school presentations, parades, alpaca farm open houses, fairs, etc.
In order to qualify, contestants must:
- Be at least 14 years old on the day of the contest.
- Be under 24 years of age on the day of the contest.
- Be active or have a parent, legal guardian or grandparent active within the Alpaca industry, fashion industry, 4-H or FFA, or a student studying agriculture, animal science, fashion design, alpaca breeding, environmental science, textile/fashion and other alpaca related industries or studies.
- Contestant must be single and remain single during her year’s reign
- Complete all application materials
a) Contestant information form
b) Submit a digital picture suitable for publication with signed photo release.
c) One page essay explaining why you want to be the Pennsylvania Alpaca Princess. This should include your views on how you would like to promote Alpacas, Alpaca products and fashions in Pennsylvania.
d) A check for $20.00 payable to PAOBA for contest entry fee.
A panel of judges will select a winner and runner-up (Reserve) based on:
- Personal interview. (Same questions for all applicants).
- Voting on your essay and picture. Ballot boxes will be set-up and anyone can purchase a ticket(s) for $1.00 to vote for their favorite contestant. The constants picture and one page essay will be on display with the voting boxes from 8:00 am until the close of the show Saturday.
- Each contestant will be asked to give a brief presentation (three (3) minutes or less), of their choice, about alpacas, alpaca fashions or products. Everyone watching the show will get a ballet to vote for the contestant they feel would best represent PAOBA.
- Contestant with the most votes/points will be crowned Princess. The contestant with the second highest votes/points will be crowned the Reserve*.
When an alpaca owner is planning an event, they have their hands full preparing and staffing the event. The Princesses are knowledgeable about alpacas. They can speak with the visitors and help handle your animals. Princesses draw attention. If nothing more, people are curious. Once that person stops to see what the princess is doing or about, they hear information about your products or your animals.
Types of events
- PA Preferred Dinner – held by the Governor on the Friday before Farm Show. Commodity Representatives from across the state are present.
- Opening Ceremonies at the PA Farm Show
- Farm Open Houses
- Community Days
- Farm City Days – Commodity Representatives are tour guides for Inner City kids who visit the Farm Show building in October to see many animals
- Fashion Shows
- Live Stock Fairs
- PAOBA Show
- Farm Show
- PAOBA education Seminar
PAOBA pays a $200 scholarship for the Princess & a $150 scholarship to the Reserve. This is paid at the PAOBA meeting when they are completing their year.
Some farm owners offer money toward mileage but this is not mandatory.
We have an opportunity to shape the future of our youth. These opportunities teach these young ladies Public Speaking, Etiquette, Alpacas, Agriculture, Business Management, Marketing and much more.
If we have young men interested, we would use the title, Alpaca Ambassador or something. We need to share this exciting opportunities with the Alpaca Community so that they use these ladies and gain the benefit. We also need to share the excitement & fun that the Princesses have so other youth will want to run for princess.