Alpaca activities will include an alpaca performance show and showmanship class; a fleece show (sponsored by ABANC) that is certified by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA); a wide variety of alpaca products that are available for sale; demonstrations of how alpaca products are made; exhibit and information about raising alpacas and using their fleece; alpaca meet and greet; silent auction and more.
Other events included at the June 8-9 Wool Market are demonstrations of herding techniques used by sheep-herding canines; hands-on rope weaving, spinning and loom weaving in the Children’s Tent; demonstrations on shearing, fiber preparation, spinning and weaving; more than 50 booths filled with fleeces, raw fibers, novelty knitting and crocheting yarns as well as finished coats, scarves, hats, shawls, and fiber processing equipment; and June 6-7 pre-show workshops.
The Wool Market is held in Estes Park’s Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Parking is available onsite for $5. For more information or to register for workshops (June 6 and 7, fee required), call 1-800-44-Estes.
ABR had its beginnings in Colorado in 1994 and in 1996, became a member of the national association, AOBA. The purpose of ABR is to support its members through education, marketing events and public awareness. For more information, visit www.alpacabreeders.org.