In their native Peru, Chile, and Bolivia, llamas carry heavy loads over terrain which is impassable to motorized vehicles. They are the trucks of the Andes. In America, life is much easier where they have become popular for carrying camping gear on weekend hikes and day trips. Many have found a niche as sheep guards on the open range. Still others, like an RV purchased with good intentions but somehow never used, spend their lives simply munching grass and looking gorgeous and exotic to passers by.
The Llama Fest was originally conceived as an opportunity to highlight Llamas and their owners in the most public way possible: in the overall cultural context of food, music, spinning and weaving demonstrations, music, dance, and competitions between the llamas and their handlers. “If an average attendance of 4,000-5,000 is a public enough event,” says festival coordinator Chris Warden, “ then we’ve been successful.
"This is an event which offers more than many festivals. Other festivals have booths,Llama, Boy, & Ramp exhibits, and some food. Above that, any festival that has good, live entertainment will definitely be successful: if over and above that, you have llamas, which everyone likes, and which are relatively safe for children, then you have really got something that nobody else can offer."
‘We have over 50 llamas ourselves at Utah Valley Llamas and we encourage other llamas owners from all over the state to bring their animals. It’s a nice family outing where the kids will compete on the obstacle course and show ring with their llamas for ribbons, and the parents and grandparents will cheer them on.”
Continuous live music and dance on the outdoor stage will come from Los Chaskis, Kausachun Peru, & Revolver (a Beatles Tribute Band). Richard Christensen has been to every Llama Fest since 1995. “Early on in the evening, it’s nice to watch the llamas and their handlers. The llamas are well groomed, graceful, and gentle. It’s like watching living art to the background music of the Andes. Towards dusk the beat picks up and many of the younger folks, like myself, like to dance.”
Food booths will offer such south of the border favorites as chili, nachos, emphanadas, braised vegetables with fried curd, bread pudding, spicy wraps, and lemon mango fruit drinks.
Llama Race at Krishna TempleA good selection of Andean craft items like jewelry, rugs, shawls, carvings and clothing will be available on site. Please note there are 600 parking spaces on the temple property. Parking is free. There is no need to park on the road, and walk a long way to the event.
Bring the whole family for a fun and educational experience. Admission is $3.00 per person or $1.00/children.
Schedule of Entertaiment
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Pavilion Stage, Los Chaskis, Live Music of the Andes
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm Folklora Latino
7:00 pm, Lake Stage, Abraxas, Carlos Santana Tribute Band
Contact: Caru Das
Phone: 801 787-1510
Event Hours: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Admission: $ 3.00 Adults, $ 1.00 Children
Location: Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
Address: 311 West 8500 South, Spanish Fork
Web Site: www.utahkrishnas@g,mail.comAccessible to those with disabilities