Alpaca Extravaganza Show features alpaca ranches and vendors

Alpacas, the world’s oldest domestic livestock, will be on display on Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alpaca Extravaganza Show located at the Boulder County Fair Grounds in Longmont.

The event includes seminars, door prizes, vendors with Alpaca products and fiber art demonstrations. The event is highlighted by an Alpaca Breeders Alliance of Northern Colorado sanctioned marketing show where ranches will present their alpacas for public viewing, demonstrations and alpaca sales.

There are two types of Alpacas: Huacaya and Suri. The Huacaya has cashmere soft fiber that grows out from their body like a Merino sheep and the Suri has silky fiber that hangs off their body in long dreadlocks like mohair goats. Alpacas are known for their rare luxurious fleece, which is shorn annually and available in 22 natural colors. Alpaca fiber is used to manufacture apparel for the fashion industry.

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