Registration Website: www.ABRFallFestival.com
Contact Information: Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies Office, (970) 586-5589
Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies (ABR) is hosting their 22nd Annual Fall Festival at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado, on November 3rd and 4th. The ABR Fall Festival includes their fantastic Alpaca Full Fleece and Halter Show, as well as a Youth Performance Show. The ABR Fall Festival is a family fun event with over 100 alpaca to gaze upon, and vendors selling their alpaca garments including hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, jewelry, and other items.
If you have been considering learning more about alpaca, join one of their Alpaca 101 seminars offered at various times throughout the weekend. And, come prepared to take your selfie with Santa who will be visiting the Alpaca Selfie Booth from 11:00 to 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance into the event and all shows is free to the public.
Alpacas are very social herding animals that originate in the Andes Mountains of Chili and Peru. The alpaca industry in the United States is comprised of two alpaca breed-types: huacaya (pronounced wah-KI-ah) and suri (SOO-ree). Huacayas, the more common type, account for about 90% of all alpacas, and have fluffy, crimpy fleece that gives the animals a teddy bear-like appearance. The second breed is the Suri alpaca which grows silky, lustrous fleece that drapes gracefully in beautiful pencil-locks.
Alpaca fleece is known for its unique silky feel and superb "handle" and is highly sought-after by both cottage-industry artists (hand spinners, knitters, weavers, etc.) as well as the commercial fashion industry. Alpaca fleece comes in a great variety of natural colors, making it very much in vogue: 16 official colors (white; beige; and shades of fawn, brown, black, and grey) with many other subtle shades and hues. The lighter fleece colors and shades can be dyed, thus offering a rainbow of colors for the fiber artist. Alpaca fleece can also be combined with other fine fibers such as merino wool, cashmere, mohair, silk, and angora, and even bamboo. Alpaca fiber contains no lanolin, so is hypo-allergenic, water resistant, and flame retardant.
There are a few large ranches in the United States with over 500 alpacas, small ranches of only two or three alpacas, and everything in between. The average alpaca herd in the U.S. consists of about ten to twenty alpacas. Most herds start out small and grow to the size that fits the breeder's ranch and financial goals. With the relatively small number of alpacas currently available, there will be an extended and steady demand for breeding stock to continue meeting the needs of this growing industry for many years.
Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies believes that alpacas are a vibrant and long-term industry that contributes to agri-business, the economy, and a wonderful life-style for alpaca owners. The Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies is a trade organization focused on the future of the alpaca industry and is dedicated to promoting ethical conduct in the alpaca industry, and to the health and welfare of the alpacas.