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Celebrate Mother's Day weekend at Llama Magic & Fiber Friends

Llams and rabbits will be on display at Llama Magic & Fiber Friends in Lake Elmo, Minn. this weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

LAKE ELMO, Minn. - Visit lamas and rabbits along with their fuzzy alpaca and sheep friends Mother's Day weekend, May 10-11, at the  Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn. for Llama Magic & Fiber Friends. A free, family oriented fiber festival celebrating its 20th anniversary, the weekend event provides ample opportunity for  hands-on experiences with llamas, alpacas, rabbits, sheep—and their wonderful fiber—from 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m. both days.

Vendors from three states will offer fiber lovers everything from raw fleeces, yarn and craft kits  to finished garments, home furnishings and even the animals themselves. You're sure to find a gift for  Mom among the jewelry, original art, pottery and handmade soap for sale as well. Fiber demonstrations  will be given throughout the weekend—spinning, sock knitting machine, needle felting and more—and  the public can register for free prizes.

Short educational talks will be followed by a chance for visitors to ask questions. Topics include  using llamas as therapy animals, caring for alpacas and their fiber, using llamas with youth in 4-H and FFA projects, having fun with rabbits and their fiber and how to dye different types of fiber. Visitors to Llama Magic & Fiber Friends also will have the chance to vote for their favorite handspun skeins and handmade fiber items, and top vote getters will be awarded prizes. In addition, a major alpaca fleece show will judge and display alpaca fleeces from throughout the region.

Sunday's llama and alpaca show is fun for both spectators and exhibitors. Watch handlers lead  their animals through a series of obstacles, and cheer for your favorites as they compete in llama limbo and leaping llama contests. Join in the fun by taking a llama for a walk through a simple obstacle  course. Food vendors are on the grounds all weekend, and the setting is fun and relaxing for the whole family.

The Washington County Fairgrounds is located at 12300 N. 40th St. at the intersection of  Washington County Rd. 15 and U.S. Hwy. 5, just east of Lake Elmo. The fiber festival is held on the  north end of the fairgrounds. For more details on the weekend's activities, including updated schedules or talks, visit or contact