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"Running of the Llamas" set for Saturday in downtown Hammond


HAMMOND, WI (WTAQ) - There’s the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain – and then there’s the “Running of the Llamas” in Hammond, Wisconsin.

Llamas and their handlers will run in a race on Saturday afternoon on Davis Street in downtown Hammond, about 10 miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border near Hudson.

Four heats are planned for llamas, and one for alpacas.

According to the event’s Web site, it started in 1997 as a customer appreciation event for the Hammond Hotel – and it did not start out as a race.

That came later, along with other events that now include a parade, a community band concert, a rib fest, and live music.