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Thursday, September 24, 2015

National Alpaca Farm Days Update

Yes we are crazy busy around here preparing to make this weekend a special occasion for all the visitors we anticipate seeing. As always, our alpacas have been primping and studying their lines and are getting excited to meet everyone. You will have an opportunity to get as close as you prefer including petting. You and your children will be thrilled by their softness, their big eyes and their nice manners (hopefully). We always love seeing the reactions of the smaller children that often begin with some trepidation and then become enthralled by the animals. Its an experience they will long remember! And, yes, we are a livestock based business which means that many of our animals are available to become part of your ranch operation. If you already have a ranch, we have a variety of herdsires available to work for you. Or perhaps you just need some help in starting or running your ranch business. We are part of the Alpaca Mentor program and truly enjoy helping others learn to achieve solid animal health and business success. If you are interested in starting or expanding your own ranch or if you need any our of services, please ask and we'll make sure to get you the appropriate amount of time even it means setting up a meeting after this event.

One of our new additions is a separate fleece room. Here there will be fleeces on display along with some recent competition awards and our skirting table. These will help you see how things are done and learn more about why alpacas are so special with there very soft and hypoallergenic fleeces.

And for some festivity, we have confirmation from a number of exhibitors that are coming to help us expand on various fiber aspects of alpacas and to add some additional diversity to your visit. On the fiber related side, we have two ladies that do spinning and/or fiber art that will do some demonstrations and love to teach or discuss various techniques and aspects of working with fiber. In terms of diversity, there are a number of options. For instance, The Notable Gnome with her special handcrafted lotions in very practical applicators is back again. Another good friend runs Abundant Health and is very focused on helping you achieve the best health you can by using massage therapy, yoga, essential oils and other focused rehabilitation and exercising skills. Our daughter will be showing off some of her custom built nutcrackers which make great gifts or keepsakes. A special and popular young lady singer will join us, hopefully for both days. Her name is Kelsey Lewis and you can check her out on her Facebook page at Kelsey Lewis Music. You will want to buy one of her CDs for listening in the car on the way home! And we are also welcoming an artist that has sent us some renditions of alpacas that look absolutely fabulous. Can't wait to see her work in person!

Last, and very much not least, we will be debuting our new, indoor alpaca gift boutique. It is freshly loaded with a wide assortment of gift items for your shopping pleasure.

Come on out - Saturday and Sunday, 9-5, Sept 26-27, 2015. There will be signs on the road to help guide you to our mini-ranch. Look forward to seeing everyone.