Hundreds of alpacas to convene in Doswell for Virginia Alpaca Expo

alpacaEvery year, hundreds of alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber artists, gather from along the entire east coast for the Virginia Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association Alpaca Expo.

The 2018 VAOBA Alpaca Expo will be held Dec. 8-9 at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell.

This event offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the alpaca industry, and it’s FREE!

Show hours are:

Saturday        9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday          8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The show will be comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.

Throughout the weekend, experienced alpaca breeders will be available to answer all of your questions. Come meet these beautiful animals face to face and feel their soft fleece yourself!

Artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell alpaca yarn, crafts and finished products, great for gifts!

A special seminar will take place called “What’s an alpaca and what on earth are they good for?” This seminar is designed for the general public, people who are curious about these amazing animals, and people who are trying to decide if becoming an alpaca owner is right for them. The goals of this seminar are to develop an awareness of alpacas by providing some basic fun facts, develop an understanding of the alpaca lifestyle, and briefly explore some business opportunities associated with alpaca ownership. Guaranteed to give the attendees an appreciation of the alpaca, and the quality of their fleece, and guaranteed to make you SMILE!

Industry experts will provide an introduction to alpacas on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. in the conference room in the East Lobby.

Alpaca Paint Party

New this year, an Alpaca Paint Party will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. An instructor will guide participants through painting an alpaca with a holiday theme. A registration fee of $35 includes the easel, canvas, paints and instruction. For more information visit www.vaoba.info/page/7831/alpaca-paint-party.

Kids Zone

Also new this year is a Kids Zone where children of all ages can enjoy an alpaca trivia game, demonstrations, introduction to alpacas, crafts, alpaca selfie booth and on Saturday at 5 p.m. an alpaca egg race will take place! Don’t miss out on the fun!

For more information about the VAOBA Alpaca Festival Expo or VAOBA, visit www.vaoba.info/

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