Whether you love alpacas and handmade yarn, or are just looking for a fun fall festival, this is the event for you!

Get your fill of fuzzy alpacas at this year's premier fiber art event—the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival. You can watch as youth handlers perform with their animals and then browse the marketplace for fleeces, yarn, and a dizzying array of arts and crafts.

Event Details

WHEN: Saturday–Sunday, November 9–10, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
WHERE: Howard County Fairgrounds | 2210 Fairground Road | West Friendship, MD
WEBSITE: Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival

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What to Expect

The fuzziest, friendliest alpacas around will be on hand for visits and photo ops. Kids will love petting these gentle giants. Head to the ring to watch the obstacle course and showmanship competitions on Saturday. Prizes are awarded to family farms for the best in show.

Farmers looking to add to their herds can find alpacas for sale on both days of the festival. Come and look for your next four-legged friend!

The shoppers in the family will love the arts and crafts marketplace. Handmade goods will be on display along with knitted items and thousands of skeins of hand-dyed yarn. This is also a great opportunity to buy fleece straight from the farm; you may even be able to meet the farmers that produced it! All in all, this festival has anything you could need to create some beautiful textiles and craft projects.

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**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival's Facebook page.

For more information, head to the festival's website. You can also follow along on their Facebook page for group discussions and announcements.

Are you going to the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival this year? What is your favorite part of the event? Let us know in the comments!