Howard, MD, November 12, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Alpacas have been getting more attention lately. Their fleece is highly prized. People can see these unfamiliar animals later this month at the Howard County Fairgrounds.
The Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association (MABA) is observing their first-year celebration of alpacas and fleece at the fairgrounds on November 20th and 21st.
“Alpacas have been domesticated for over 5000 years,” said Sarah Donahoe owner of Long Acres Alpaca Farm, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. “With the festival we want to teach the public about these fascinating animals and the beautiful products they can produce with their fiber.”
The festival is located at the Howard County Fairgrounds (rain or shine) and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Both days include free admission and free parking. Fiber artists, knitters and spinners will be demonstrating the skills to craft products from alpaca fleece. The event offers holiday shopping for fine alpaca garments, yarns and raw fleeces. Alpacas will be on display where people can actually touch the fiber. Throughout the days there will be free seminars, 4-H demonstrations, food vendors, and models showcasing alpaca fashions.
The Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association‘s mission is to develop and promote a dynamic, growing, and profitable alpaca industry in Maryland. It is a group of alpaca owners, breeders, and enthusiasts working together to provide educational and marketing opportunities for residents of Maryland and surrounding areas.