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Families who can’t make it to the Andes this summer should consider Spanish Fork, Utah — the site of the 17th Annual Llama Fest.
The fest, which takes place on July 16, highlights llamas and their owners in a cultural context of food, music, weaving and spinning demonstrations, dance, and competitions between the llamas and their handlers. Children can see the animals up close at the corral, which features baby llamas.
The outdoor stage will provide continuous music and dancing and the crafts center will feature Andean craft items such as shawls, rugs, jewelry, carvings and clothing. At the food booths, guests can try dishes such as empanadas, braised vegetables with fried bean curd, nachos, spicy wraps, chili, bread pudding and lemon mango fruit drinks.
The event takes place at the Krishna Temple and Utah Valley Llama Farm from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children.