Do you love alpacas? Of course, you do! Alpacas are adorable and fluffy, and their fleece makes excellent yarn. What’s not to love? If you’re an alpaca superfan like me, and you happen to be in central Virginia early this December, you need to check out the Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association’s 2018 Alpaca Expo on December 8–9.
The expo is the ultimate alpaca event. Similar to most fiber festivals, the expo includes opportunities for breeders to show their alpacas—there’s both a halter and walking fleece show, so there are plenty of good opportunities to see what organizers are calling “the finest alpacas east of the Mississippi and even some of the west, too.”
There’s also a competition for handspinners and one for fiber artists. People of all ages are welcome to enter this competition and will be judged based on their experience level. Information on entering can be found at www.vaoba.info. (For more information and tips on spinning alpaca, check out Judith MacKenzie’s video Spinning Luxury Fibers Volume 2: Camelids.)
Beyond the competitions, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family! The expo will host a Kids Zone, where children of all ages can enjoy alpaca trivia, crafts, alpaca selfies, and so much more! Also, volunteers will be doing fiber demonstrations of all sorts, and, of course, there will be shopping: The expo will have a selection of vendors, so it’s the perfect opportunity to finish up your holiday shopping or simply buy some fabulous yarn, fleece, or other fiber-related goodies for yourself. After all, who doesn’t need more alpaca in their life.
For those interested in an after-hours activity, consider taking part in the Alpaca Paint Party at 6 p.m. Saturday. For just $35, participants will get everything they need to paint a holiday-themed alpaca. There will be an instructor to help guide students through the painting process—and there will be appetizers to munch as you paint. Get information on how to register at www.vaoba.info.
If you’re up for some non-alpaca-related activities, the expo venue, The Meadow Event Park, is also home to Virginia’s largest drive-through Christmas light show.
Whether you’re alpaca-obsessed like me or you’re in the area and want to enjoy a fun, fiberlicious event for the whole family, make sure to check out this expo!
Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association’s Alpaca Expo
The Meadow Event Park
Doswell, VA 23047
December 8–9, 2019 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
For more information, go to www.vaoba.info
Featured Image: Award-winning alpacas at the Alpaca Expo. PHOTO COURTESY OF VIRGINIA ALPACA OWNERS & BREEDERS ASSOCIATION.
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