Every year, hundreds of alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, gather for the Northwest's largest and most prestigious alpaca shows, Alpaca Association of Western Washington's (AAWW) Alpacapalooza and the CABA Classic. This year, these shows have joined for one grand event under one roof. What better way to learn more about the alpaca industry than to talk to hundreds of breeders and meet their alpacas face-to-face, all under one roof? This is your opportunity. And it's FREE! The special event will feature alpacas in the show ring competition, comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas. Throughout the weekend, artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items. It will be held from May 11 - 13 at the Portland Expo Center, Hall D: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. Times are from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 8:30 - 3 p.m. on Sunday. Go to cabaclassic.org and columbiaalpacabreeders.com.