National Alpaca Farm Days

Very people friendly animals
09/24/2016 12:00 am
09/25/2016 12:00 am

Looking for a fun and unusual outing?  National Alpaca Farm Days is September 24th and 25th where alpaca farms nationwide will open their farms to the public.  This is a great time to get out to alpaca farms and learn about alpacas, their background, their fleece and what can be done with it, the products the fleece makes, the tax benefits to owning alpacas, costs of raising alpacas, and of course, the babies or crias as they are called.  Most farms will be open between 9-5  both days.  See the specific farms in our County and what they will be hosting for the weekend.  If you never have visited an alpaca farm, here is a blog about one first experience!  

Here are some of the participating farms:

A Slice of Heaven Alpacas at 11144 Pope Rd. in Randolph will be open both days, and recently had a new cria (baby) and two more are expected any day!  They will be open 9am to 5pm both days with Brittany See doing spinning demonstrations from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.  Drawings will be held for:
1. Slippers
2. Large Bear
3. Alpaca Blanket! 

They have a lovely store right on grounds for visitors to check out after they are done viewing and interacting with the animals.  Sue has recently invested in a Felt Loom, which can take the fiber directly from the farm and create a felt like material which Sue then makes into scarves, carpets, shawls, and more!  Classes will be available in the future, so go check this out!  Chili, cider, donuts and coffee will be available for sale, with ALL proceeds going the to Randolph Community Cupboard. Visit their website or Facebook for more specific information on the Farm. 

Countyline Alpacas at 12946 West Main St in Randolph will be open Sunday from 10am to 4pm and look forward to sharing their story as a recently opened alpaca farm.  They will have alpaca fleece products for sale and hope to receive many visitors!  Like them on Facebook! 

Cozy Cabin Alpacas at 9254 Rt. 353 in Dayton will be open both days from 10am to 4pm.  Come and meet the alpacas, with a new cria (baby) born on August 10th.  He is a cute, handsome, adventurous boy.  Thinking about getting started on an alpaca farm - they have alpacas for sale.  Get all the info you need to start a farm, what the tax breaks are, what alpacas and their fiber is like and more!  There is a gift shop that has alpaca clothing, hats, gloves, scares, slippers, and socks!  Give them a like on Facebook!

LadySong Farms at 2473 Bunker Hill Rd. in Randolph will be open both days from 10am to 4pm.  They will have other vendors, artists and weavers on site as well as spinning demonstrations and tours to pet and play with some of the alpacas.  There is plenty of parking.  Currently the owners are looking to downsize, so if you have ever thought of owning an alpaca give them a call!  They will retain some alpacas for fiber production and sell handspun yarn from their Suri Alpacas on their website.  Like them on Facebook!

Mager Mountain Alpacas at 60 Mountain View Dr. in Little Valley will be open both days this year from 10am to 5pm.  Paul and Sue Mager have enjoyed sharing their alpacas and llamas with visitors for over 14 years and promise this year's event will be better than ever.
As always, visitors can expect to experience an "alpaca adventure" learning about alpaca history while enjoying watching the crias (baby alpacas) pronk and play. Visitors can pose for pictures and get up close and personal with Mager's very people-friendly alpacas. They may even get an alpaca kiss!  This year The Pronking Peruvian 4H Club will be on hand to show off their alpaca handling skills as they lead their alpacas through an obstacle course. They are prepared to answer questions on raising and caring for alpacas. Many of the club members come off a successful show at the Cattaraugus County Fair winning many blue ribbons and a reserve championship in showmanship. Items they have made from alpacas and snacks will be for sale as a fund raiser.  Spinning demonstrations and other alpaca related activities will be going on all weekend.  The So Soft Gift Shop featuring a large variety of alpaca products will also be open. The gift shop has a large viewing window where shoppers can watch the alpacas while they brows items made from their fleece. You are invited to touch and feel everything so you too will say, "oh it's so soft"!
For more details visit www.magermountainalpacas.com or call 716-938-9077

Sugartown Farms  at 6277 Sugartown Rd. in Ellicottville is located just 1/4 mile away from the downtown village of Ellicottville and close to Pumpkinville as well!  They will be open both days from 9am to 5pm.  They will have alpacas for people to visit with and tours will be available.  They have a store which offers a wide variety of alpaca products including sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, and teddy bears.  They also hold an open house the weekend of Ellicottville's Fall Fest, Columbus Day Weekend.  Please visit their website.

Here are some more farms that aren't able to participate in this weekend, but do offer tours/visits to their farm:

Cardinal Acre Alpacas at 9759 Manley Hill Rd. in Little Valley.  "Sorry, our farm will not be open for farm days, but we welcome visitors any other time, just call ahead. Put us on your Fall travel list of places to go. You will be able to see up close all of our alpacas, all colors, all ages. Learn about their history, daily care routine, incredible value of their fleece. Our gift shop carries a wide variety of alpaca related products, many hand knit or crafted from our alpacas fleece.  We look forward to your visit."  Please call 716-307-4582 for hours/directions or follow them on Facebook!

Never Ending Alpaca Farm at 1285 Lillibridge Rd. in Portville will not be open for the Alpaca Farm Days, however they do welcome visitors to stop by either by calling ahead first or just dropping (may not always be available).  They specialize in breeding and selling alpacas and Jerry is eager to help others who wish to start an alpaca farm or are interested in the benefits of having an alpaca farm and the ins and outs of breeding alpacas.  Please call 716 933-8561 or visit their website.

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