by: Submitted Photo - COLA President Betty Moe and husband Gene, owners of Llama Dreams, prepare for Crooked River Ranch Parade.

   The Central Oregon Llama Association and its members once again are showing their community spirit by joining several local area holiday parades this season.
   The COLA organization brings people and llamas together, and participating in local community events is just one of the many ways this friendly organization supports the economy, education, and community in Central Oregon.
   COLA is an organization of llama owners and llama lovers who enjoy showing, breeding, hiking and packing with their llamas.
   Some members use the fiber from their animals to spin, knit and weave and attend local area and national fiber shows, events and competitions.
   Many COLA members participate in community activities, schedule farm visits for children, special needs and charity organizations, and join parades with their llamas.
   This year, members of COLA will be demonstrating the loving nature of llamas by walking in local area holiday parades, including the following scheduled events:
   The Crooked River Ranch "Olde Fashioned Christmas" parade on Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m., and, Prineville's Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
   Meet and greet the llamas and owners before and after the parade, and maybe take a holiday photo with the festively decorated llamas.
   There are more than 15 outfitters, ranches and llama owners in the high desert, home to more than 500 llamas.
   COLA members love to share the joys of owning llamas with others.
   Contact a member today via the website links provided at to learn more about llamas, schedule a llama walk/visit, get information about wilderness hikes, and more.
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