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FAQs For The General Public:

What is The Great Llama Race?

The Great Llama Race is a fundraising and community event for the entire family. The event benefits Casa de Sara (501c3) whose mission is to provide opportunities for impoverished and at risk children and families through education, nutrition, healthcare, and family support. Casa de Sara is both an international and local organization with programs in Bolivia and Knoxville, TN.
The Great Llama Race also supports the community by giving back a portion of the proceeds to local schools. Finally, the event would not be possible without the stars of the event, the llamas, so the Great Llama Race also brings awareness and funding to Southeast Llama Rescue (501c3) who coordinates all the llamas for the event.

Who attends The Great Llama Race?

Our audience is truly eclectic. Families, kids of all ages, college students, seniors and people of all cultures attend the event. 5000+ people have attended the event each year.

How many years has The Great Llama Race been in existence?

The first event was in 2014.

Where do the llamas come from?

All llamas are coordinated through Southeast Llama Rescue and are top performing show llamas and former rescue and rehabilitated llamas. The animals come from several different states, including Tennessee. All llamas are vetted, healthy and free of disease. Veterinarians from the University of Tennessee Large Animal Hospital, under the direction of an international expert in camelids, Dr. David Anderson, DVM, oversee the medical care of the animals during their stay in Knoxville. Out of town llamas are housed at a local horse farm the night before the event. The health and well-being of these very special animals are a top priority throughout the event.

Can I bring my dog to the event?

No, but for good reason. Everyone at Casa de Sara and Southeast Llama Rescue love dogs! However, they are not the best idea to have around during this event. While not probable, it is possible that the mix of your unfamiliar dog and a llama could result in a fairly strong kick from a llama to your dog. The safety of all humans and animals is important and we thank you for your understanding. ONLY SERVICE DOGS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE EVENT.

For llama owners and handlers:

Can I bring my llama to the event?

All llamas are approved by Southeast Llama Rescue and attend the event for a specific reason. For example, they are racing, in the petting areas, parade, etc. You will need to contact Deb Logan (logan99@bellsouth.net) at Southeast Llama Rescue to discuss your llama attending the event.

Can llama farms and breeders come to the event and promote their llamas?

Yes, and we encourage it! We want to continue to grow the event to include a larger audience of people who may be interested in llama adoptions and purchases. Fiber and llama relates vendors are also encouraged and welcome. Please contact Deb Logan (logan99@bellsouth.net) to discuss your participation.

How does a school get a llama and a sponsor in the event?

Schools interested in participating in the Great Llama Race should call or email Casa de Sara (info@casadesara.org or 865-690-3323) for more information on how to participate.

Please call as early as possible in the months before the event.

For sponsors:

Who do I contact to be a sponsor?

Sponsorship opportunities of all levels are available for the event. Please email info@casadesara.org or call 865-690-3323 for more information.

What is the publicity for The Great Llama Race?

The Great Llama Race is incredibly grateful to have a tremendous amount of local and national support. WBIR is our media sponsor and promotes our event for 6 months prior to the event date. Star 102.1 and 97.3 The Light also promote the event along with newspaper and other media. In 2014 the Weather Channel named the top 50 springtime events in the nation and chose The Great Llama Race as the top event to attend in Tennessee. The international publication, Camelid Quarterly, has also published two large spreads on our event.

How does a school get a llama and a sponsor in the event?

Schools interested in participating in the Great Llama Race should call or email Casa de Sara (info@casadesara.org or 865-690-3323) for more information on how to participate.

Please call as early as possible in the months before the event.

Who attends The Great Llama Race?

Our audience is truly eclectic. Families, kids of all ages, college students, seniors and people of all cultures attend the event. 5000+ people have attended the event each year.

How many years has The Great Llama Race been in existence?

The first event was in 2014.

To participate:

How can I volunteer?

We use about 125 volunteers for the event. Please contact Casa de Sara at info@casadesara.org or 865-690-3323 at least 6 weeks prior (the earlier the better) to the event if you would like to volunteer.

Volunteers needed for the 2016 Great Llama Race! Please visit our volunteer sign up page or contact Ally Ketron at aketron@casadesara.org to find out how you can help.

Who do I contact to be an entertainer?

Please contact Casa de Sara at info@casadesara.org or call 865-690-3323 for more information.

How do I become a sales or food vendor?

Please contact Casa de Sara at info@casadesara.org or call 865-690-3323
Please book your space early because we do not have duplicate vendors. First priority is given to past vendors.