The 18th Annual Estes Park Alpaca Market (EPAM) will take place on September 2nd and 3rd at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in Barn W. This is a free event for the public, and provides a chance for people to meet alpacas face to face and see all the wonderful products that can be made using their fiber. Vendors will have a generous variety of products for sale, including raw fiber, yarns, sweaters, socks, scarves, gloves, rugs and household items. You can get answers to all your questions about starting an alpaca farm to what you can do with all that wonderful fiber. Alpacas are an easy to raise livestock species, and Colorado is home to well over 200 alpacas ranches in all corners of the state. Originally from South America, alpacas have been in the U. S. as a livestock species since 1983 and now number over 300,000 in country and are raised in all 50 states. There are two alpaca breeds, the huacaya and the suri, the only difference being the type of fiber each breed produces. Alpacas are a very hardy species and take a minimal amount of care. They are sheared once a year, typically in April through June here in Colorado. Alpacas come in 22 colors, and their fiber is very durable and well insulating. Please join us for a fun weekend in Estes Park and enjoy meeting some alpacas!