Bring on the llamas

Llamas were brought to BYU's campus in April of 2014, when Cotopaxi used them to advertise their product. (Elliott Miller)
Llamas were brought to BYU’s campus in April of 2014, when Cotopaxi used them to advertise its product. The Llama Festival has people of all ages rushing to see llamas. (Elliott Miller)

BYU students may find they have a few things in common with Napoleon Dynamite: a love for D.I., working jobs that seem to only pay a dollar an hour and, lastly, an odd relationship with llamas. While Napoleon had a love-hate relationship with his llama, Tina, some BYU students wait all year to attend Llama Fest in Spanish Fork.

“I love Llama Fest! Last year I was there for over two hours just enjoying the event,” said Amanda Ballard, a 21-year-old exercise science major from Edmond, Oklahoma. “It’s like a huge petting zoo for adults —except there’s only llamas.”

The 20th Annual Llama Fest will be held July 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holy Krishna Temple. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

“BYU students always come out and support the llamas,” said Charu Das, coordinator for the Llama Fest. “We wanted to make Llama Fest a hands-on experience, geared for the public.”

Vendors will be selling rugs, jewelry, clothing and other crafts. Visitors can compete in obstacle courses and races with the llamas while enjoying live music and a variety of foods.

Llama Fest is also a fresh date idea. Forget fro-yo; show your date how cultured you are while enjoying the Llama Fest.

“This festival will show the llamas putting their best hoof forward,” Das said.


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