FAIRFIELD — A chance to meet and greet a friendly alpaca will be yours April 12-13 at the Dixon Fairgrounds, when the venue hosts the ninth annual California Classic Show.
This is the first time the California Alpaca Breeders Association alpaca and fiber show has taken place in Solano County.
Vacaville alpaca rancher Bruce Nelson of Ahh . . . Sweet Alpacas – one of the show’s sponsors – said close to 200 of the critters will be in attendance. Nelson will also have a couple of baby crias at the free event that brings together alpaca breeders, the animals, vendors and the interested public.
Several Solano alpaca ranches, including Ahh . . . Sweet Alpacas, will be in attendance as well as others from California, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona.
The alpacas will be featured in a show ring competition both days, where they’ll be judged for fleece quality and conformation.
In addition to the animals, the fiber they produce will be a prominent aspect of the show, with fiber enthusiasts and artisans showcasing a range of alpaca fiber from raw to finished. Alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic and one-third the weight of wool. Alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items will also be for sale.
Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. The fairgrounds address is 655 S. First St.
The California Alpaca Breeders Association is a regional affiliate of the Alpaca Owners Association. For more information, go to www.calpaca.org.
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