Local alpaca breeders celebrate national farm days

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The fourth annual National Alpaca Farm Days event, sponsored locally by the Alpacas of Cumberland Valley, will be celebrated by a group of area alpaca breeders who invite the public to visit their farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26. One of the participating farms is Stone Meadow Alpacas, located at 14514 Hollowell Church Road in Antrim Township.

An Antrim Township farm will be part of the celebration of the fourth annual National Alpaca Farm Days event, sponsored locally by the Alpacas of Cumberland Valley, a group of area alpaca breeders. The group is inviting the public to visit their farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26.

One of the participating farms is Stone Meadow Alpacas, located at 14514 Hollowell Church Road, Waynesboro. Activities will include a fashion show featuring alpaca clothing and acessories at 1 p.m. Satruday. The farm store will be open. There will also be a booth from Horstdale Farm Supply, also located on Hollowell Church Road and a New Holland Boomer 8N tractor, courtesy of Forrester Farm Equipment, will be on display.

Other particitating farms are: On A Whim Alpaca Farm, Chambersburg; Cherry Run Farm, Mercersburg; Ragged Edge Ranch, Chambersburg; Long Acres Alpaca Farm, Mercersburg; and Top Knot'ch Alpacas, Waynesboro.

Each farm has special activities planned including spinning and weaving demonstrations, alpaca fashion show, a DIY dying seminar and an obstacle course demonstration.

Admission is free. Events will be held rain or shine.

“Our goal is to provide a fun-filled day with refreshments and activities for the entire family, and also create a learning experience about alpacas — breeding and raising them, alpaca products and the industry as a whole.  We hope that everyone will be able to take away something new from the event,” commented Dori Brown, owner of On A Whim Alpaca Farm.             

A list of activities at each farm, along with directions can be found at www.cvalpacas.com

Alpacas are part of the camelid family. They are a beautiful and intelligent animal. There are two types of alpacas; most common is the huacaya, a fluffier teddy bear version and the suri, bearing a pencil lock and a silky feel. They typically weigh between 150 and 200 pounds. Each animal can produce between five and 10 pounds of fiber per year. Their fiber is woven into products such as hats, scarves, shawls, sweaters, gloves and socks. It is a much softer and a non-allergenic alternative to wool.