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Friday, July 07, 2006

Llama Fest Showcases Unique Animals

A unique event called Llama Fest will take place on July 15 in Spanish Fork, Utah. Llamas and enthusiasts from around the region will congregate to share information, compete for ribbons and enjoy social interaction. There will be an obstacle course, show ring, races, beautiful baby contest, crafts booths, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, food booths and other attractions. There will also be continuous performances on stage by South American bands and dance groups.

Llamas are a fundamental part of the culture in the Andes region of South America, where they are used as pack animals, wool producers and family pets. In Utah they have become very popular for carrying camping gear on treks into the Uintas and other high mountain areas. Some are also used to guard sheep herds on the open range.

Llamas are sure-footed, dependable, almost personable, and they do not cause erosion or the other environmental problems attributed to the use of horses in high country wilderness areas.

This is the 12th annual Llama Fest. The event grows in popularity every year. Activities will begin at 4 pm, on the KHQN Radio grounds on South Main in Spanish Fork. Some 4,000 to 5,000 people are expected to attend. All activities are family-friendly.

For more info see the festival website, or contact event organizers Chris or Christine Warden (chris&christine@earthlink.net).

1 Comments:

  • At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Irish Traveller said…

    Llama fest? LOL, you've gotta be kidding. :-)

    Gotta love it... there's always something for everyone. :-)

     

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