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Llama Fest to kick off Saturday in Spanish Fork

Event will feature live music, crafts and animal lore

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KHQN Radio and Utah Valley Llamas will host the sixth annual Llama Fest on Saturday.

The event will start at 4 p.m., one mile south of Spanish Fork on Main Street. Last year 4,000 folks enjoyed the food, live music, crafts and lore of the South American llama, said Christine Warden of KHQN radio. The event will be held on Krishna and radio grounds.

Llamas and their handlers from all over Utah will compete in the show ring, on the obstacle course, and in a half-mile pack race.

"Festival goers can learn wool spinning and felting techniques at demonstration booths and see shearing and hoof cutting techniques. They can have a hands-on experience leading llamas through the obstacle courses. At a baby llama (cria) corral children can fraternize and feed their animal counterparts," she said.

Continuous live music on the outdoor stage will feature Los Hermanos de los Andes (Music of the Andes), Soul Latino, a trio headed by Jose Angelo; Los Caballeros Del Savor and the Coco Loco Salsa Band.

Food booths will offer south of the border favorites including chili, nachos, empanadas, braised vegetables with fried curd, southwestern pizza, bread pudding, and lemon fruit drinks.

Andean craft items like jewelry, rugs, shawls, carvings and clothing will be available on site at the family event.

Admission is $2 per person or $6 per family. Contact Warden at 801-798-3559 or llamafest.homepage.com or go to the llama page at www.iskcon.net/utah.