Sunday, April 29, 2012

Good hair day: my visit to the Great Midwest Alpaca Festival.

While driving by the Alliant Energy Center last week, I saw a sign for the Great Midwest Alpaca Festival this weekend. Yarn vendors and adorable alpacas in an air conditioned environment? I just couldn't miss this!

At the Alpaca Festival, farmers show their prized alpacas in a setting similar to a dog show. The most beautiful alpacas win ribbons and top honors.

The main arena for the alpaca show.
I wandered around and met hundreds of precious alpacas (many of which were quite willing to pose for photos). At the festival I learned that there are two types of alpacas: Huacaya (fluffy, teddy bear-like fur) and Suri (silky, hair-like fur). I then met Jess Fredericks from Whistling Pines Ranch in Clayton, WI. She introduced me to her two Suri alpacas, Bocephus and Dorothy.

Hanging out with Bocephus, a male Suri alpaca.
Getting friendly with Dorothy, a female Suri alpaca.
After my meet-and-greet with these furry cuties, I decided it was time to document exactly how adorable these creatures are. Here are my favorite photos:

"I'm having a bad hair day. I don't want to talk about it."
"Hay should be part of the food pyramid." 
"I'm smiling! Cheesin' it!"
"This is our 'just got outta bed' look."
"It's exhausting being this fluffy."
"I cook and I clean for you. And all you give me is straw?"
"Colorblocking is hot this season. That's why my face doesn't match my coat."
"We've been together for 50 years and she still insists on blowdrying her hair for me."
"I'm smiling with my eyes, just like Tyra Banks told me to."
"Hairy ears? No YOU have hairy ears."
After visiting the lovely alpacas, I made my way to the yarn vendors. After much deliberation, I opted to buy a small wool skein from Sugar River Fiber and a large wool skein from Hearthside Fibers:

Gorgeous colors!
I'm not sure what I'm going to make with these yarns yet, but I just couldn't resist. The alpacas really put me in the mood to knit!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my god how cute are Alpacas? There are several farms (and an ostrich one!) on the way to Madison from Chicago. Darling little creatures.