Last Saturday we took the family to see the Florida Alpaca Breeders Assoc. Expo. We even dragged along two extra people just for the fun of it. I have never seen an Alpaca in real life, and I have never used yarn made from Alpaca fur, so thought this would be a lot of fun.
It was a small Expo., but then I have never been to one before. Who knows, this could have been huge.
We saw some brown ones and white ones.
Some are very fluffy like cotton balls.
Some have stringy-locks and can’t see.
Some of them were in cages waiting to be judged. I don’t know what the judges look for, but I saw lots of nice big ribbons. These Alpacas let the girls touch them a little bit.
Alpaca butts everywhere! These were actually my favorite; the brown teddy bear looking ones. LOL
We kept walking around wondering what the owners did with the fur to make some with stringy-locks and others fuzzy. The owners were too busy with the showing to answer any questions, so we didn’t get to know until we got home. Turns out there are two different kinds of Alpacas. Learn something new everyday! We also read that Alpaca yarn compares equally to cashmere.
They also had some activities for younger people. We got there just in time and didn’t have to wait in line for anything. They had pin the tail on the Alpaca, make a bracelet, and a coloring contest.
Three out of eight of us really enjoyed the show. We plan on going back again next year by ourselves and stick around long enough to speak to some owners. 🙂 The three of us wanted to take a few Alpacas home, but Sir Husband wouldn’t let us.