Carolina Alpaca Celebration is the biggest alpaca event in the southeast and is free to the public. It takes place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC-49, Concord, on Saturday, February 15th, and Sunday, February 16th, 2020.
Scroll down for (amazing) pictures from a previous year’s Alpaca Celebration, as well as some fun facts about alpacas.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free!
Over 600 alpacas are registered from all over the country participating in the Halter Show. An assortment of educational seminars and classes are available to the public for their enjoyment.
Other activities typically include:
- Spinoff Contest
- Fiber Arts Competition
- Photography Contest
- Free Seminars on farm, business, and crafting with alpaca
- Alpaca Selfie Booth
- Live demonstrations
- Fine art
- Clothing for sell
Admission is free but there’s a charge for parking.
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Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama.
Here are eight fun facts about alpacas:
- Alapacas and llamas can cross-breed. Their offspring are called huarizo.
- Their fleece is warmer than sheep’s fleece, not as itchy, and is hypoallergenic.
- They were domesticated by the Incas over 6,000 years ago.
- When they mate, the male emits a throaty vocalization called “orgling.” (I know you’re searching youtube now.)
- Their fleece comes in 22 colors.
- Their fleece is flame-resistant and water-resistant.
- They do spit when they’re annoyed, so don’t annoy them.
- They express their feelings toward each other by swishing their tails.
The Cabarrus Arena and Events Center is located at 4751 NC Hwy 49 North, Concord, NC 28025.