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IYAK Annual Fiber Arts & Skeins Competition

January 24, 2019 at the IYAK National Western Stock Show


You do not have to be a member of IYAK or even own yaks to participate

Now is the time to take your fiber and/or yarn and fashion it into something exquisite to enter in our competition in any (or all!) of the following categories:

Hand knitting, machine knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, braiding, or any other type of hand work as well as hand spinning

Awards will be given for 1st through 6th place

This show is encouraging the use of yak fiber and ass such blends must contain a minimum of 50% yak fiber or yarn can be from your farm, commercially produced or purchased from an area farm or other source.  All classes are open to naturally colored or dyed yarn/fiber.

Details and entry forms are available on the IYAK.org website under the News+Events tab.  Click Events and scroll down to find the tab to enter the Fiber Arts Contest. 

Entries can be mailed or dropped off in person at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.  The deadline for mailed in submissions is January 18, 2019. 

Please follow the instructions on the entry form.  All items submitted will be returned to the artist following the competition. 

Entries delivered tot eh Stock Show must be dropped off at the IYAK Tent located in the Stock Yards area no later than 9:00 a.m. Thursday January 24, 2016.  Judging will be performed on the 24th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Young, Fiber Arts Coordinator, by phone: (360) 920-1539 or e-mail:  info@yaklady.com


NWSS Volunteers Welcomed!

There are many ways to help out at NWSS.  If you have a few minutes or can dedicate a few hours, IYAK has opportunities for you to volunteer.  From helping with the always entertaining Halter Show, assisting the Judges or just spending time in the IYAK Tent meeting and greeting IYAK members and folks who want to yak about yaks - opportunities abound!  Please contact our IYAK President Stephanie David if you want to help out.  Her e-mail is: president@iyak.org.   


Discounted Room Block at Embassy Suites Releases on December 24, 2018

The discounted room block at Embassy Suites for the National Western Stock Show will remain open until December 24, 2018.  Don't miss out on an opportunity to get your rooms for NWSS at the discounted rate.  Make your reservations now!  Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton phone number is (303) 375-0400. Mention the International Yak Association block reservation.  


NWSS Registration for Classes and Pen Show Link Available on December 4, 2018

The links to register yaks for the NWSS will be available on December 4, 2018 on the IYAK.org website.  Yaks can be registered for the Pen Show, Fiber Class and the Halter Show Classes there as well.  

NWSS Sponsorship Link Available December 8, 2018

The link to sign up for sponsorships for NWSS will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  The link will be available on the IYAK website.  There are a limited number of some sponsorship levels.  Sign in early to make sure that you get the level that you want.  This year, there are 8 levels of sponsorship available.  

NWSS Show Schedule and Registration Deadlines

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Stock Show registration link available on IYAK.org website

Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet registration link available on IYAK.org website

Thursday January 10, 2019

Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet registration closes

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Stock Show registration closes

Wednesday January 23, 2019

Check in begins at Noon 

Thursday January 24, 2019 

Fiber Show Judging begins at 11:00 a.m.
Pen Show Judging begins at 1:00 p.m.

Friday January 25, 2019

Seminars begin at 9:00 a.m. at Livestock Center Auction Arena
Membership Banquet and Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites Hotel  

Saturday January 26, 2019

Halter Show starts at 12:00 p.m. at Stock Yards Arena

Entry Fees Set for 2019

Pen fee is $30.00 per animal

Entry fee  for classes is $10.00 per animal per class

If you are new to the Stock Show and have questions, feel free to contact Stephanie David at president@iyak.org or Claire Roberts at Secretary@iyak.org .  

Late Registration of Yaks for NWSS

If you have an animal that you want to show at NWSS, but have not yet submitted the hair sample for registration, there still may be time.  The IYAK Registrar reports that she will do everything possible to see that the registrations are processed in time;, but, because of the short time frame, there are no guarantees.  If you have any questions about this, please contact the Registrar, Claire Roberts, at registrar@iyak.org or Stephanie David at president@iyak.org.   


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Stephanie David, President

Bow Creek Ranch, Lenora, Kansas


Stephanie's home is Bow Creek Ranch, where she and her husband Doug raise yak and quarter-horses. During her tenure as president she has been an enthusiastic and strong leader for IYAK.