Llama Fest 2010
The Annual Llama Fest was held in Spanish Fork on July 16. Thousands of spectators experienced llama races, dancing, obstacle courses, a llama show ring, crafts, and food.
Llamas originated from Peru, Bolivia, and Chile where they were used to carry heavy loads, where cars were impassable through the Andes Mountains. They are the camel’s cousin, padded with thick skin to protect them from rough terrain and jagged rocks. In America, they are now kept as pets used for carrying camping gear and their fur used for clothing and rugs.
Llama owner Veronica Steeli and her family have been participating in the Llama fest for the past eight years.
“It’s a fun summer activity for any family,” said Steeli Inexpensive food, free demonstrations, dancing, and some really special animals. There’s something for everyone at Llama Fest.”
The festival was held at the Krishna Temple. The temple has had llamas on its grounds for more than 25 years.
Eleven-year-old Benson Ricks, who has attended the Llama Fest the last three years, said, “I get so excited every year my family comes to Llama Fest. My favorite part is the baby llama corral because I get to play with them.”
Originally, the small festival began to show off people’s prized llamas to the public. Food contests and llama competitions were held with prizes. The festival has grown into an event ushering more than 4,000 people to celebrate the animals. The event offers free weaving and spinning demonstrations, booths selling different llama paraphernalia, authentic Indian food, as well as continuous live music all night.
Utah Valley Llamas brings over 50 llamas to the festival but also encourages other llama owners to join in on the fun and bring theirs. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 per child. The festivities begin around 4p.m. and go until 9p.m.
More information can be found at www.utahvalleyllamas.com
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