Discover alpacas and their fabulous fleece at the British Alpaca Futurity and Fibre Festival 2013 staged this spring at the National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham. The largest alpaca event in Europe, the British Alpaca Futurity & Fibre Festival 2013 is a celebration of all things alpaca and a showpiece for the British industry.
Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years and their fleeces are highly prized. One of the 'noble fibres' alpaca is soft, luxurious, known for its silky feel, weightlessness and warmth and comes in a variety of natural colours from pure white through the fawns and browns to grey and a true black. More than 400 alpacas are entered in the halter classes for suris and huacayas judged by international judges Amanda VandenBosch and Jill MacLeod. Jill will also judge the international fleece competition.
The Futurity is a non profit making show backed and organised by a group of alpaca breeders, The Alpaca Stud, Houghton Hall Alpacas, EP Cambridge UK, Classical MileEnd Alpacas, Bozedown Alpacas and Moonsbrook Alpacas. The Futurity will take place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March at Hall 3A at the NEC, Birmingham.
Alpaca breeders from all over the UK will be taking part in the competitive classes.The Futurity 2013 will host a Fibre Festival with a difference where you can buy fleeces, tops and yarn and a range of beautiful textiles, have a go at working with alpaca fibre, feel the best of the fleeces in the International Fleece Show, watch the alpacas take part in halter classes in the show ring and meet the British breeders of these animals. It is a great opportunity to see hundreds of alpacas and the products derived from their fleece under one roof.
The Walsall Hand Spinners, a group of dedicated crafters will be joining forces with the British Alpaca Futurity Show to create a super-soft, luxurious blanket from alpaca fleece in record time in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital. Spinning, knitting and crocheting their fingers to the bone over the two days of the show, the clever group led by Dora Hancock will create a dynamic design in organic shades called 'Trip Around the World' in celebration of how far the Alpaca industry has travelled from its South American roots. Their beautiful blanket will be auctioned at the gala dinner during the Fibre Festival weekend. It is hoped that the industry will dig deep and bid high as all the funds raised will go to help the children, young people and families of Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Day tickets at £7.50 each (accompanied children under 16 go free) can be purchased from the website: www.britishalpacafuturity.com and www.theticketfactory. For more information please contact Rachel Hebditch on 01884 243579 or email@example.com
Posted: 8 March 2013
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