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Over 200 animals will be coming to the Lamafest Show and Alpaca Showcase. Free admission makes this a wonderful Labor Day weekend family outing.
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About Llamas & Alpacas
Llamas and alpacas are both members of the camelid family in the Lama genus. Camelids originated on the central plains of North America about 6 million years ago. From there, about 3 million years ago, llama-like animals migrated to South America.

Alpacas were domesticated about 5000 years ago in South America to provide fine clothing for Inca Royalty. They were close to extinction after the Spanish conquest and it was not until the mid 1800s that alpaca fleece was rediscovered and world interest awakened.

Llamas were used primarily as pack animals and were an integral part of the Inca economy. Llama fiber was used for clothing, saddle bags, and made into various products. Llama dung was used as a source of fuel on the treeless puna and also an essential fertilizer for potato production.

Llamas and alpacas have a unique way of enriching our lives. Once you've discovered these special animals, you won't be able to imagine life without them.

Shows
More than 200 llamas and alpacas will be coming to the pavilion on the campus of Michigan State University for the annual Lamafest Show and Sale. Free admission and parking make this a wonderful treat for a Labor Day weekend family outing.

The show starts at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday and runs until the competition schedule is completed each day, ending on Sunday afternoon.

 


In the show arena you can see some of the finest llamas and alpacas from michigan and surrounding states in action. The animals will be judged for conformation, and performance. There will be cart pulling, pack and obstacle courses, public relations, costume, and showmanship competitions. The show is sanctioned by the Alpaca and Llama Show Association (ALSA).


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