Alpacas are an unusual pet, which makes the opportunity to see the animals up close an interesting experience. The Illinois Alpaca Show, being held at Lake County Fairgrounds on Sat. and Sun., Oct. 26-27, 2013 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.), gives people a chance to learn more about the gentle creatures.
The Alpaca Show is held at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, Ill.. The show is free to attend, making it an economical event for families.
Alpacas are domesticated animals that are most often bred for their hair, which is used as fiber for warm textiles. Alpaca fiber is highly valued for its use in sweaters, scarves, hats, slippers, stuffed animals and other products.
The Alpacas are gentle creatures who will gaze at visitors curiously as they pass their pens. Visitors can see the Alpacas in their pens and talk to their owners and handlers, who seem happy to talk about raising the animals. Shows are held throughout the event, with the Alpacas competing in the inside ring and demonstrating their abilities on obstacle courses, along with handler showmanship.
The show will offer information for breeders and for people who have an interest in Alpacas, so attending show provides a great educational opportunity for kids and adults.
Lake County Fairgrounds is located at 1060 E. Peterson Road in Grayslake, Ill.
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