Git ready for the biggest regional alpaca show west of the Mississippi! The 11th Annual Great Western Alpaca Show is on tap this weekend in Denver, Colorado. Last year, breeders from 220 farms brought alpacas from 26 states, which made for over 1,000 alpacas. That’s a lot of alpacas!! And not only that, but the Denver Fiber Fiesta, with fiber demonstrations and vendors galore, is being held in conjunction with the alpaca show. So, farm girl or city girl, there promises to be something for everyone.
For the farm girl (or the farm girl within the city girl), breeders will be showing alpacas in three rings at the Great Western Alpaca Show. One ring will showcase Suri alpacas, one Huacaya females and one Huacaya males. If you don’t know difference, Huacaya alpacas, have the soft fluffy fleece and look like your toddler’s stuffed animal, while Suri have long silky fleece and look slightly Rastafarian. In addition to the usual halter show, performance show and fleece show, there will be alpaca photography competition (alpacas are so photogenic!!), a fiber arts competition, and a handcrafter’s spinoff.
Meanwhile, upstairs at the venue, vendors will be selling all things alpaca at the Denver Fiber Fiesta. This includes everything from yarns, rovings and batts, to finished garments, spinning wheels, and rake looms. Demonstrations will include spinning, weaving, knitting and felting, and there will be classes for both adults and children.
The Great Western Alpaca Show and Denver Fiber Fiesta will be held May 3-5 at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humbolt St, Denver CO. See the show’s website for a schedule of events and additional information.
For other great events happening this weekend, see our national Yarn Events Map.