Hundreds of Alpacas Descending on Concord For The Southern Alpaca Celebration


Every year, hundreds of alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, gather for the Southern Alpaca Celebration. The 2018 show will be held February 16, 17 and 18 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, NC and promises to be bigger than ever.

This year, Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners (CABO) and the Southeastern Alpaca Association (SeAA) have joined forces to provide three shows at the same location. The Southern Select, Carolina Alpaca Celebration and the Southern Alpaca Celebration will feature two halter shows, walking fleece, spin off, fiber arts and full fleece competitions.  There will be at least six nationally known alpaca judges attending, and other visitors will include executive members of the national Alpaca Owners Association and Board of Directors.

This event offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the alpaca industry, and it’s FREE to the public!

Show hours are:

Friday, February 16, 2018             9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 2018        9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2018           9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Alpacas will be featured in the show ring competition, comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.  Alpaca farms can still register to bring animals until January 29.

Throughout the weekend, artisans, including members of the Piedmont and Rowan fiber guilds will showcase alpaca fiber arts including hand spinning, felting, weaving and dyeing. There will be many sessions on knitting, crocheting, soap felting, Naal binding – even kids can get in on the action!

Come support an alpaca farmer!

Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.  Alpaca fleece, roving and yarn will be available, too.

Free Alpaca Selfies!

Get ready to change your social media profile picture to one you never knew you needed… until now! This year’s event will feature a free alpaca selfie booth. How can you NOT jump at this unique opportunity? Alpacas will be available for selfies throughout the weekend.