Do you know the difference between alpacas and llamas? I sure didn’t.
But I got curious when I heard that there was going to be an alpaca show in Sevierville. Here’s what I found out:
- Alpacas are much smaller than llamas.
- Alpacas have smaller, pointed ears, while llamas have banana-shaped ears.
- Their body shapes are different — alpacas have a slightly rounded back and their tails slope down from their backs; llamas have flat backs with the tail placed right at the end of it.
Llamas are much easier to train than alpacas. That’s why llamas are used for packing, for livestock guardians, and as herd animals.
- Alpacas are mostly used for showing and for their fiber (fur). Alpaca fur is very soft and abundant and people who raise alpacas sell it.
- Llamas and alpacas can crossbreed and the result is called a “huarizo.”
Well. There you go!
Anyway. The Southeastern Select Alpaca Show will be held at the Seiverville Convention Center on March 1-3. The show will start on Friday at 8 a.m. and last until Sunday at 6 p.m. The convention center is attached to the Wilderness at the Smokies resort. I’ve always thought that this looked like a fun place to stay!
If you’re heading to the Smokies during that time, why not stay at the resort, then pop over to see the alpacas? I bet the kids would love it!
According to the Southeastern Select Alpaca Association web page, the show will include stalls, rings, and vendors, with lots of sponsors. But my favorite part would just be walking around and seeing the alpacas!