People checking into the Raddison hotel in Corning might be in for a surprise.
There are a number of llamas and alpacas staying there as well.
The Greater Appalachian Llama and Alpaca Association (GALA) is the group holding the conference at the hotel.
Organizers say its attendees are people who are in love with these animals and it’s an opportunity to meet, educate each other, and network.
GALA is the largest educational conference for camelids in the country. Speakers from all over the nation have traveled to the Radisson to educate llama and alpaca lovers on a wide range of informational tools.
GALA Board Vice President Terry Beal and Secretary Carol Reigh say some takeaways include tips on training, medical advice from industry renowned veterinarians and researches, and farm management. They were also sporting camelid fiber (the animal’s fur) as fleeces and said visitors can learn about knitting, spinning, and dyeing camelid fiber.
What makes this conference so special is that it’s celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The four-day conference started on Thursday, but if you’d like to sign up for Saturday and Sunday, it’s not too late.
Just show up at the Raddison at 125 Denison Parkway East, ask where the registration table is, and go from there.