Denver, CO, April 20, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- If you’re an aspiring fiber artist or you want to see the amazing products made by local artists, make plans to participate in two alpaca shows in Denver in May. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock recently issued a proclamation as for May as National Alpaca Awareness Month.
This year’s Denver Fiber Fiesta, hosted by the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies (ABR), will be Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, and the National Alpaca Show, hosted by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA), will be May 17-19, both at the National Western Complex in Denver.
“This is the seventh year that we have held the Fiber Fiesta in conjunction with the Great Western Alpaca Show, one of the largest alpaca shows in the country,” explains Sue Olson, an alpaca owner and coordinator for the Fiber Fiesta. “The show features free demonstrations on spinning, knitting and felting as well as a full line-up of half-day and full-day classes (fee required) conducted by an impressive line-up of instructors.”
Denver Fiber Fiesta attendees are invited to visit the many vendor booths showcasing products such as alpaca yarns and fiber, rake looms, needle felting tools, spinning wheels, dyes and a wide variety of commercial and hand-crafted garments, including scarves, hats, ponchos, blankets, boots, vests and more.
Alpacas were first introduced into the U.S. in 1984, and are now successfully raised throughout North America and abroad. Alpacas produce one of the world’s finest and most luxurious natural fibers—soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter and stronger than wool. Colorado is home to more than 500 alpaca farms.
Fiber Fiesta Show attendees should also plan on visiting with the alpacas and their owners, and watching the alpaca competition (www.greatwesternalpacashow.com). On Saturday and Sunday (May 4-5), visitors will able to view the entries in the fiber arts/skeins and the photography/art competitions.
The Great Western Alpaca Show is an AOBA Level V Certified Halter Show, Performance and Obstacle Show, and Level II or III Fleece Show. Adults and youth will show their animals in the various competitions. Admission to the show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. For more information, visit www.greatwesternalpacashow.com.
The AOBA National Alpaca Show will feature conformation and fleece judging; artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and spinning; vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items; and the National Alpaca Auction, the premiere event of the year for the North American alpaca industry, will take place Friday, May 19. Admission to the AOBA National Alpaca Show is also free and open to the public Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19. For more information, visit www.alpacainfo.com .
Headquartered in Nashville, TN, the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) serves to facilitate the expansion of a strong and sustainable alpaca industry through the growth and development of the national herd and its products. Since AOBA’s formation in 1988, its membership has grown steadily to more than 3,500 members.
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.