Friday, July 16, 2010

Fox 13 Pre Llama Fest


Big Budah was on hand for llama races, llama rides, llama babies, llama competitions, & Llama Fest food. The event will start tomorrow Sat. July 17th at 4 pm.


To beat the heat, most events will be held in a shady pavilion and for kids there'll be a water slide on hand. Entertainment will take place on three stages.


Below is some of the great video taken this morning from the Fox web site. Budah said "He'll come back every year from now on to preview the Llama Fest. He also said Caru's chili was the best he's ever eaten.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Big Buddha of Fox 13 to promote Llama Fest

Big Buddha will do the live morning show at the Krishna Temple/Llama Fest site tomorrow morning Friday the 16th, according to the following tentative schedule. Tune in.

6:15am 2.5 min segment: Activity: Buddha leading llama thru obstacles
Name of person we are talking to: Charu

6:47am 2.5 min segment:
Activity: Buddha sampling some Llama Fest cusine
Name of person we are talking to: Vai

7:23am 2.5 min segment: Activity: Llama Carrying a pack
Name of person we are talking to: Charu

7:45am 2.5 min segment: Activity: Llama racing
Name of person we are talking to: Charu

8:08am 1.5 min segment: Activity: Child riding llama
Name of person we are talking to: Haiti

8:27am 2.5 min segment: Activity: Dancers in costume
Name of person we are talking to:Natasssia

8:39am 1.5 min segment: Activity: Llama Baby
Name of person we are talking to: Vai

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

16th Annual Llama Fest

The 16th Annual Llama Fest will be held at Krishna Temple and Utah Valley Llama Farm two miles south of Spanish Fork on Main St. The event is scheduled for July 17th.

Music at Llama Fest In their native Peru, Chile, and Bolivia, llamas carry heavy loads over terrain which is impassable to motorized vehicles. They are the trucks of the Andes. In America, life is much easier where they have become popular for carrying camping gear on weekend hikes and day trips. Many have found a niche as sheep guards on the open range. Still others, like an RV purchased with good intentions but somehow never used, spend their lives simply munching grass and looking gorgeous and exotic to passers by.

The Llama Fest was originally conceived as an opportunity to highlight Llamas and their owners in the most public way possible: in the overall cultural context of food, music, spinning and weaving demonstrations, music, dance, and competitions between the llamas and their handlers. “If an average attendance of 4,000-5,000 is a public enough event,” says festival coordinator Chris Warden, “ then we’ve been successful.

"This is an event which offers more than many festivals. Other festivals have booths,Llama, Boy, & Ramp exhibits, and some food. Above that, any festival that has good, live entertainment will definitely be successful: if over and above that, you have llamas, which everyone likes, and which are relatively safe for children, then you have really got something that nobody else can offer."

‘We have over 50 llamas ourselves at Utah Valley Llamas and we encourage other llamas owners from all over the state to bring their animals. It’s a nice family outing where the kids will compete on the obstacle course and show ring with their llamas for ribbons, and the parents and grandparents will cheer them on.”

The Llama Fest features a baby llama (cria) corral where the children can fraternize with their animal counterparts.

Continuous live music and dance on the outdoor stage will come from Alborada, Kausachun Peru, Rhumba Rambo, The Glass Gentlemen, The Wiggins Brothers, & Center Stage Performing Arts. Richard Christensen has been to every Llama Fest since 1995. “Early on in the evening, it’s nice to watch the llamas and their handlers. The llamas are well groomed, graceful, and gentle. It’s like watching living art to the background music of the Andes. Towards dusk the beat picks up and many of the younger folks, like myself, like to dance.”

Food booths will offer such south of the border favorites as chili, nachos, emphanadas, braised vegetables with fried curd, bread pudding, spicy wraps, and lemon mango fruit drinks.

A good selection of Andean craft items like jewelry, rugs, shawls, carvings and clothing will be available on site. Please note there are 600 parking spaces on the temple property. Parking is free. There is no need to park on the road, and walk a long way to the event.

Llama Race at Krishna  TempleBring the whole family for a fun and educational experience. Admission is $3.00 per person or $1.00/children. Llama Fest XVI is sponsored in part by a grant from the Utah Arts Council & The National Endowment for the Arts.

** Please note there are 600 parking spaces on the temple property. Parking is free. There is no need to park on 
the road, and walk a long way to the event.

If you are coming south on I - 15, take exit 257, turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and travel three miles to the temple. You'll proceed through Spanish Fork (about 5 traffic lights) on Main St. (which changes its name to State Road), and continue another 1 1/2 semi rural miles. The temple is highly visible on a hill to the right hand side. Coming north on I - 15 exit at 253, turn right at the exit ramp stop sign, and follow the signs to Krishna's Lotus Temple. (801) 798-3559

For more information, or to volunteer help before and during the event, call 798-3559/787-1510. Visit our web site at

Volunteer information : the following volunteers at Llama Fest will be rewarded with a free meal and/or festival T-shirt (discretion of managers). Those who volunteer to help with parking will receive BOTH meals and T-shirt.

• Pre-festival cooking, Thursday, Friday July 15, 16, 
9 am - 1 pm. Come for all or part of the time.

• Grooming llamas and festival set up, Noon - 3 pm

• Parking Attendants (shifts) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm or
 5:00 pm - 8 pm

• Traffic Control 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

• Food Service 3:30 pm- 6:00 pm or
 6:00 - 8:30 pm

• Cria Corral 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm or
 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

All fees for admission ($3.00 adult $ 1.00 child) 
apply as well to volunteers.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

'Mad Dog' Madsen


We'd had a booking for the Madsen family to spend part of their reunion in a two hour tour of the temple. The mother and father moved from California to Utah 5 years ago, and children, grandchildren congregated this Independence Day weekend from California, Colorado, Virginia, and Minnesota.

Vai haltered the llamas, the kids fed them, groomed them, raced them. They held the parrots, scratched the necks of the cows, and fed the koi in the lake.

Inside, Caru gave a short power point and about 30 family members had lunch at the buffet.

Caru got to talking to one very big tall good-looking Madsen, who appeared extremely interested in knowing more about Krishna Consciousness, and in fact, had previously been very energetic in peppering Vai with questions during the animal handling.

Caru asked him if he was related to the State Senator "Mark Madsen," who comes to the temple with his kids from time to time.

This fellow said, "I'm not related to him, but have the same name and met him when I played professional basketball."

After the family took their departure with grateful thanks for an enriching experience and good meal, Caru did a google search for "Mark Madsen basketball." Turned out Mark Madsen played for the Los Angeles Lakers two years when they won the NBA championship and later went to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He was known as "Mad Dog Madsen" because of his unlimited energy not only on the playing floor but in cheering on and encouraging his teammates and the fans. Very nice fellow, extremely inquisitive about Krishna Consciousness. Enjoyed meeting and talking to him. He's pictured here feeding a carrot to Jiva, the llama.

Click here for the article Caru read about Mark Madsen. Mark_Madsen_feeds_llamaweb

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Puja Snaps by Gonzolo

We are giving Bhakta Gonzalo, who worked as a professional photographer in Peru, assignments to do photo stories on the various happenings here at the Krishna Temple in Utah.

These are some shots of a mundhan ceremony performed for a family travelling thru from New Mexico to Portland. They'd heard from their parents in India the hair cutting for their two kids, Nikhil & Anika, had to be done Friday, no "ifs and or buts." So they desparately called us up and begged to rent a room in the ashram for the night and do the ceremony first thing Friday morning, before they resumed their journey.This was not a recreational trip. They were changing their residence from New Mexico to Oregon.

The various elements of the puja illustrated by the snaps are 'acamanam', purifying the hands, 'svasti vacanam' giving blessings, 'kalasha stapanam' installing the pot, 'mundhan' cutting the hair, 'havan' invoking the fire, 'nivedyam' offering bhoga.