Alpaca show returns to Fort Wayne |

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FORT WAYNE – The Mazuri Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. National Alpaca Show, which attracts hundreds of alpaca enthusiasts and fiber artists from across the United States, will return to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from March 18 to 20.

The hours are: Friday, March 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday March 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Entrance fees are $5 for adults, free for children 10 and under, and $10 for a family (two adults and children under 18). Admission is free on Sundays. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

Alpacas from across the country will be featured in the show ring. The show will consist of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for Suri and Huacaya alpacas.

Dozens of on-farm vendors and exhibits will sell the latest alpaca trends and handcrafted items.

The popular Alpaca Selfie Booth will debut in Fort Wayne this year. Here participants can take a selfie or have their picture taken with an alpaca. Show volunteers will also be on hand to help with photos. The Alpaca Selfie Booth is free.

On Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m., participants of all ages will step into the ring to compete alongside their alpacas in a costume contest. Costumes will be judged on the animal’s comfort with foreign objects on the head, legs, and feet, and the imagination of the costume as well as the story each contestant must write to tell the costume.

For more information about the Alpaca Owners Association or the show, visit alpacanationals.com.

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